Gordon “Gordie” Howe was born on March 31, 1928, and died on June 10, 2016.
He was a Canadian professional ice hockey player.
He played twenty-six seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL)From 1946 to 1980 and six seasons in the World Hockey Association (WHA); his first 25 seasons were spent with the Detroit Red Wings.
Gordie was nicknamed “Mr. Hockey”.
Gordie was considered one of the greatest hockey players of all time.
He was a 23-time NHL All-Star, Howe held many of the sport’s scoring records until they were broken in the 1990s by Wayne Gretzky.
Gordie went to hold NHL records for most games and seasons played.
Eventually Gordie was recruited by the Red Wings and made his NHL debut in 1946.
He led the league in scoring each year from 1950 to 1954, then again in 1957 and 1963.
Howie was ranked among the top ten in league scoring for 21 consecutive years, and set a league record for points in a season (95) in 1953.
He was the winner of the Stanley Cup with the Red Wings four times, won six Hart Trophies as the league’s most valuable player, and won six Art Ross Trophies as the leading scorer, in 1971, he retired.
He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame the next year.
After two years he went back to join his sons Mark and Marty on the Houston Aeros of the WHA.
However, in his mid-40s, Howe scored over 100 points twice in six years.
Gordie made a brief return to the NHL in 1979–80, playing one season with the Hartford Whalers, then he retired at the age of 52.
Gordie met his wife, Colleen, in a bowling alley when she was 17 years old, and they were married four years later on April 15, 1953.
He suffered from dementia and declining health, Howe spent most of his time after his wife’s death residing with all four of his children on a rotating basis.
He died due to a stroke.
Gordie Howe passed away at 88 yrs old.