Gordie Howe Celebrity LifeGordie Howe, born on 31st March 1928 in Saskatchewan, Canada and died on 10th June 2016 in Ohio, USA, was a Canadian professional ice hockey right-wing. Since 1946, he played in the NHL. In total, his career stretched for 35 years.
Gordon was born in March 1928 in the municipality of Floral, located in the province of Saskatchewan. His father - Albert Clarence Howe, was from Minnesota, mother - Kathleen Schulz, was born in Stuttgart in the territory of the German Empire.
He started as a goalkeeper in the team of King George School. But then Gordon, at the insistence of the children's coach Bobby Trika, retrained as a defender and then became the right forward.
Starting from the 1948–49 season to 1954–55, Detroit won the regular championships 7 times, setting a unique NHL record.
Led by Gordy Howe, the Red Wings continued to show a good game and reached the finals 4 times in the 1960s, although they returned empty-handed.
Because of his tough and power style of play, hockey players and fans nicknamed him “Mr. Elbows.” In the first 5 years of his NHL career, Howe was listed as an Active League Bullie, but later, on the advice of his coach, he began playing gentleman's hockey. When Howe scored his 500th goal in the NHL, the nickname “Mr. Elbows” changed to “Mr. Hockey” and never changed.
Return to Big Hockey / World Hockey Association
After finishing his career in the NHL, Gordy returned to hockey at 45. But not in the familiar “Red Wings”, but in the newly formed WHA, in “Houston Aeros”, where he began to show hockey of the highest class with his two sons, Mark and Marty.
On October 26, 2014, he suffered a stroke, was partially paralyzed, and he got problems with the speech.
On October 3, 1997, Howe joined the Detroit Wipers International Hockey League club, setting another record that is unlikely to ever be broken - Howe had been playing hockey for six decades. In October 2018, construction began on a bridge that connects the US city of Detroit and the Canadian city of Windsor and will be named after Gordy Howe.
It is expected that the construction worth about $6 billion will be completed by 2024. The term of the planned operation is 125 years.
- Stanley Cup - 1950, 1952, 1954, 1955
- Art Ross Trophy - 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1957, 1963.
- Hart Trophy - 1952, 1953, 1957, 1958, 1960, 1963.
- Lester Patrick Trophy - 1967.
- Officer of the Order of Canada - 1971.
- Immortalized in the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1972.
- Played in the NHL All-Star Game 23 times.
- Second place (after Wayne Gretzky) in the NHL in terms of goals in regular seasons: 801
- Fourth place (after Wayne Gretzky, Jaromir Jagr, and Mark Messier) in the NHL by the number of points in regular seasons: 1850
- Second place (after Wayne Gretzky) in the NHL in terms of goals in regular seasons and playoffs: 869
- Fourth place (after Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier, and Jaromir Jagr) in the NHL by the number of points scored in regular seasons and playoffs: 2010
- Most goals in regular seasons in the NHL and VHA: 975
- Second place (after Wayne Gretzky) in the NHL and VHA in the number of points scored in regular seasons: 2358
- Second place (after Wayne Gretzky) in the NHL and VHA in terms of goals in regular seasons and playoffs: 1071
- Second place (after Wayne Gretzky) in the NHL and VHA in the number of assists in regular seasons and playoffs: 1518
- Second place (after Wayne Gretzky) in the NHL and WHA in terms of points in regular seasons and playoffs: 2589
- Most games played in regular NHL seasons: 1767