Gordie Howe was born on this day in 1928. When Gordie Howe started playing in the National Hockey League World War II had just ended, it was 1946. He retired from the Red Wings in 1971. He didn’t stay retired very long. When the World Hockey Association began Howe came out of a two year retirement at the age of 45 to play for the Houston Aeros. He had some incentive to come out of retirement, he would get to play hockey with his two sons Mark and Marty. At age 45 he still had it, he scored 31 goals and 100 points. He would play with the Aeros and New England/Hartfort Wailers until the end of the 1979-80 season retiring at the age of 52. In his final season- he played in all 80 games and scored 15 goals. Howe played 26 NHL seasons and 6 seasons in the WHA. He was the NHL MVP six times and the NHL leading scorer six times.
Gordie Howe was nicknamed “Mr. Hockey.” He once received fan mail- all it had on the envelope was “Mr. Hockey, Detroit Michigan.” Gordie Howe was not only a highly skilled hockey player but he was tough too. He didn’t need anyone to protect him. A Gordie Howe Hat Trick was- a goal, an assist and a fight in the same game [something he only did twice in his career] Gordie Howe held most of the scoring records in hockey before Wayne Gretzky came along. Howe died last year at the age of 88. I’d certainly rank Gordie Howe as one of the 5ive greatest hockey players ever-alongside Gretzky, Bobby Orr, Mario Lemieux and Rocket Richard.