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Gordie Howe

Ice Hockey Legend Gordie Howe

Profession: Ice Hockey Legend


Biography: Often referred to as Mr. Hockey, and is generally regarded as one of the greatest hockey players of all time. Most famous for his scoring prowess, physical strength, and career longevity. He is the only player to have competed in the NHL in five different decades (1940s through 1980s).

A four-time Stanley Cup champion with the Red Wings, he won six Hart Trophies as the league's most valuable player and six Art Ross Trophies as the leading scorer.

Born: March 31, 1928
Birthplace: Floral, Saskatchewan, Canada

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Dragon
Star Sign: Aries

Died: June 10, 2016 (aged 88)

Married Life

  • 1953-04-15 Ice hockey player Gordie Howe (25) weds sports agent Colleen Joffa (20) at Calvary Presbyterian Church

Historical Events

  • 1948-11-03 2nd NHL All-Star Game, Chicago Stadium, Chicago, IL: All-Stars beat Toronto Maple Leafs, 3-1; Gordie Howe's first of 23 All-Star appearances
  • 1951-02-17 Detroit right wing Gordie Howe scores his 100th career NHL goal and adds an assist in a 2-1 Red Wings' victory away to the Montreal Canadiens
  • 1954-04-01 Detroit Red Wings right wing Gordie Howe scores 2 goals and an assist, and sets a Stanley Cup playoff record for fastest goal from the start of a game (:09) in a 4-3 2OT win over Toronto in Game 5 of the Semi-Finals
  • 1956-12-25 Detroit's future Hockey Hall of Fame right wing Gordie Howe picks up a Xmas hat-trick & 3 assists in Red Wings' 8-1 win over NY Rangers; most points he scores in a single game in entire 26-year NHL career
  • 1960-01-16 Detroit right wing Gordie Howe scores a goal and assist in his 888th career game, a 3-1 win at home over Chicago; becomes NHL's all time leading scorer, with 947 points passing Montreal's Maurice Richard
  • 1960-11-27 Gordie Howe becomes 1st NHLer to score 1,000 points
  • 1961-11-27 Gordie Howe becomes 1st to play in 1,000 NHL games
  • 1962-03-14 Red Wings' forward Gordie Howe becomes second player in NHL history to score 500 career goals in Detroit's 3-2 loss to NY Rangers
  • 1963-10-27 Detroit Red Wings right wing Gordie Howe scores 544th career goal in 6-4 loss to Montreal Canadiens, tying Maurice Richard's all-time NHL regular season record
  • 1963-11-10 Detroit right wing Gordie Howe surpasses Maurice Richard as leading NHL all-time goal scorer with 545th career goal in a 3-0 Red Wings victory over Montreal Canadiens in Detroit
  • 1964-11-14 Detroit Red Wings Gordie Howe sets NHL record 627th career goal
  • 1969-11-02 41-year old Detroit right wing Gordie Howe picks up his 19th and final NHL hat trick as the Red Wings beat Pittsburgh Penguins, 4-3; Howe is the oldest player to score an NHL hat-trick
  • 1971-02-20 "Mr. Hockey," Gordie Howe scores a goal and adds 3 assists, including his 1,800th career NHL point, in 6-5 Red Wings' win over Buffalo in Detroit; Howe's 1,670th game
  • 1972-08-24 Gordie Howe and Jean BĂ©liveau inducted into the Ice Hockey Hall of Fame
  • 1974-02-20 Gordie Howe comes out of retirement for $1M from Houston Aeros, WHA
  • 1980-02-29 Future Hockey Hall of Fame right wing Gordie Howe scores in the 3rd period to become first NHL player to score 800 career goals as Hartford Whalers beat St. Louis Blues, 3-0 at Springfield Civic Center
  • 1980-04-06 Gordie Howe completes a record 26th NHL season

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