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Gordie Howe: Born, Nickname, Playing Career, National team, Died

Gordie Howe
Written by Jon Snow


Full Name Gordon Howe
Nickname (s) Mr. Hockey
Profession (s) Former Professional Ice Hockey Player

Physical Stats and More

Height (approx.) in centimeters: 185 cm
in meters: 1.85 m
in feet inches: 6 ft. 1 in.
Weight (approx.) in kilogram: 93 kg
in pounds: 205 lbs.
Eye color Dark Brown
Body Type White

Personal Information

Date Of Birth 1928, March 31
Zodiac Sign Aries
Date of death 2016, June 10
Place Of Birth Floral, Saskatchewan, Canada
Nationality Canadian
Complexion White
Ethnicity White
Mother Tongue English
Sexual Orientation Straight

Family Information

Father Albert Howe
Mother Katherine Schultz Howe
Children 4
Wife Colleen Howe

Education Qualifications

High School King George Community School in Saskatoon


Position Right Wing
Last Game April 11, 1980 (Age 52)
Draft Drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 1st round (22nd) of the 1997 MLB June Amateur Draft from Glenwood HS (Chatham, IL).
Agent Colleen Howe
Sports Career Omaha Knights (1945-1946)

Detroit Red Wings (1946-1971)

Houston Aeros (1973-1977)

New England Whalers (1977–1979)

Hartford Whalers (1979-1980)

Detroit Vipers (1997-1998)

NLH debut October 6, 1946, for the Detroit Red Wings
Last NLH appearance February 28, 1980, for the Hartford Whalers
NLH statistics Total Goals Scored: 801

Total Assists: 1,049

Total Points gained: 1,850

Total Power-play Goals: 211

Total Short-Handed Goals: 24

Total Game Winning Goals: 121

Awards and Honours 1951-1954, 1957 – Art Ross Trophy as Top Scorer in NHL

1952-52, 1957-58, 1960, 1963 – Hart Trophy as NHL’s Most Valuable Player

1963 – Canadian Athlete of the Year

1967 – Lester Patrick Trophy, for service to U.S. Hockey

1971 – Received Order of Canada

1972 – Induction to the International Hockey Hall of Fame

1974 – Gary L. Davidson Award

2001 – Michiganian of the Year

Money Factor

Salary (Till now) 1945-46 $31,252
1946-47 $65,564
1959-60 $218,921
1960-61 $215,963
1961-62 $213,796
1962-63 $210,974
1963-64 $313,358
1964-65 $329,935
1965-66 $324,698
1966-67 $314,708
1967-68 $306,228
1968-69 $293,908
1969-70 $313,529
1973-74 $1,439,752
1974-75 $1,296,653
1975-76 $1,118,197
1976-77 $1,123,462
Total worth $ 8 million
Gordon Howe Quotes
  • I always tell my kids, you have two eyes and one mouth. Keep two open and one closed. You never learn anything if you are the one talking
  • All hockey players are bilingual. They know English and profanity.
  • My philosophy never starts talking about ‘if’, ‘and’, ‘but’ or the past, because 90 percent of what follows will be negative.
  • You’ve got to love what you’re doing. If you love it, you can overcome any handicap, or the soreness, or all the aches and pain and continue to play for a long, long time.
  • You find that you have peace of mind and can enjoy yourself, get more sleep, and rest when you know that it was a one hundred percent effort that you gave – win or lose.
  • There’s always something in the game you wish you would have done differently. That’s why players improve because they learn from what they did before. They might have been guessing before, but now they know.
  • You can always get someone to do your thinking for you.
  • To me, hockey was always tremendous fun. That’s what kept me going for so long. I simply love to play hockey.
  • Everybody who is anybody in hockey has played in Hershey.
  • The first time I met Wayne Gretzky… he never said anything back.
  • People say I’m henpecked. Well, let them say it.
  • The rocket had that mean look on, every game we played. He was a hundred percent hockey. He could hate with the best of them.
  • If Colleen Howe had been a hockey player, she would have been centremen. I can see her as a centreman because you do what you want and go wherever you want to go.
  • Overall, I can fairly safely say Bobby Orr impressed me more than anybody with his tremendous talents. In Bobby’s first N.H.L. game he played the lumber to Gordie’s head. Later Howe retaliated and wanted to let the kid know he wasn’t washed up yet.
  • I helped put a rink in Cadillac, Michigan when my wife was very healthy. She helped them put it in and the rink is going full-bore the last time I was there.
  • The Kid looks good in his first game.
  • My mother and dad played the fiddle and the guitar.

Lesser-Known Facts about Gordon Howe

  • Gordon Howe was born to Albert Howe and Katherine Howe in a farmhouse in Saskatchewan. He was one of the nine children born to the couple. Gordon had mild dyslexia as a child; however, physically his growth was astounding. He had started playing hockey at the young age of 8. It was only after he turned 16 that he tried to pursue a professional hockey career.
  • Gordon Howe was born on the 31st of March in the year 1928.
  • Howe has altogether played twenty-six seasons of the National Hockey League, abbreviated as NHL, he has played for six seasons in the World Hockey Association, abbreviated as WHA.
  • In the first twenty-five years of his career, Gordon played for the Detroit Red Wings. He earned the nickname Mr. Hockey during this period.
  • Gordon Howe was considered as the most complete player of Hockey, the greatest of all time. He was a twenty-three times NHL All-Star and had been the holder of many records until they were broken by Wayne Gretzky.
  • He is still the record holder for playing the most number of games and seasons played.
  • He had retired for the first time in the year 1971 and in the same year, had been included in the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame. In the very next year, he was added to the Hockey Hall of Fame.
  • Gordon Howe was one of the very few players to have shared a team with his sons. He shared the team Houston Aeros of the WHA with his two sons Mark and Marty Howe.
  • Even being in the age range of mid-forties, he had scored over a hundred points twice in six years.
  • Gordon Howe began his NHL career with the Detroit Red Wings in the year 1946. While playing for this team, he has won the Stanley Cup a total of four times.
  • He was the topmost scorers in NHL four times and had made a place for himself among the top ten NHL scorers for twenty-one consecutive years.
  • In the season of 1979 – 1980, he had played one season as a player of the Hartford Whalers before he retired again at the age of 52.
  • Gordon Howe was one of the best hockey players with amazing physical strength, scoring prowess, career longevity and had also redefined the ideal qualities that the teams looked for in a forward.
  • Howe is the only player who has competed in the NHL for five different decades, from the 1940s to the 1980s.
  • He had received the NHL lifetime achievement award in the year 2008.
  • Howe had quit school during the depression to work in the Construction.

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  • Gordon Howe holds many records. He is the one to have played most of the NHL regular-season games (1,767), to have played the most NHL games with a single team (1,687), the one to play the most WHA as well as NHL regular-season games combines (2,186), the one to play the most number of NHL and WHA playoff games as well as regular-season games (2,421), the one to score the most regular goals in NHL and WHA (975), the one to play in maximum number of NHL seasons (26), the one to have played the most number of WHA and NHL seasons (32), the one to score the most number of goals as a right-winger (801), the one to share the most NHL regular-season points with his son Mark (2,592), and also, the oldest player to have played in the NHL (aged 52 years and 11 days).
  • Gordon Howe had met Colleen Howe, whom he had later married on the 5th of April, 1953, at a bowling alley when she was a mere 17 years old, 4 years before they got married.
  • In Abbotsford, British Columbia, a middle school is named after Gordon and Colleen Howe. Also, a traffic bridge, football stadium, and campground are named after Gordie Howe in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, his home town.
  • Like Gordie, his son Mark was also included in the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2011. Two of his sons, Gordie had shared a team with. His third son, named Murray is a radiologist and their last child is a daughter named Cathy.
  • Gordon’s wife, Colleen Howe was also one of the founders of the team he played for, Detroit Red Wings. She had represented both her husband, Gordon Howe and her son, Mark Howe financially during their careers. She lost her life to Pick’s disease in the year 2009 at the age of 76.
  • Gordon Howe’s brother, Vic Howe had also played in the NHL. He had played 33 games for the team New York Ranger between the years 1950 and 1955. In the month of January and in the Year, 2015, Vic Howe died at the age of 85.
  • Gordon Howe used to suffer from Dementia. After the death of Colleen Howe, Gordie used to reside with all four of his kids on a rotating basis. While he was staying with his daughter Cathy, he had suffered a major stroke in the month of October in the year 2014.
  • Howe passed away on the tenth of June, in the year 2016 while he was residing with his son Murray at his house. He had been eighty-eight years old when he died.
  • After Howe’s death, his casket was brought to the Joe Louis Arena, which is the home of the Detroit Wings, for a public visitation on the 14th of June, 2016. It had lasted from 9 A.M. to 9 P.M., honoring the number 9 that Howe used to wear on his jersey.
  • Scotty Bowman, Wayne Gretzky, and the Detroit Tigers great Al Kaline had acted as pallbearers. Howe’s funeral was also kept open to the public and was held on the 15th of June at the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Detroit.
  • The cremated remains of Howe, along with his wife, Colleen’s, were returned to Canada and interred in Saskatoon in September 2016.
  • In the list of the top 100 NHL players of all time, Howe was listed the third after the names of Wayne Gretzky and Bobby Orr. Both of these men were quoted saying that they regarded Howe as the greatest player.
  • In the year, 2000, Howe’s name was added to Canada’s Walk of Fame.
  • The west entrance of the Joe Louis Arena, which was the home to the Detroit Tigers, is named after the legend as the Gordon Howe Entrance.
  • In the Joe Louis Arena, on the 10th of April, 2007, a bronze statue of Gordon Howe was unveiled. The statue is approximately 12 ft. tall and weighs almost around 4500 pounds, i.e. 2000 kg. The statue has all the stats and history of Howe written.
  • Another statue of Howe was erected in his hometown, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. His statue is seen wearing a Detroit Red Wings Sweater. The statue was layer relocated to the SaskTel Centre.
  • In the year of February 2011, a plan of making a new bridge connecting Detroit and Windsor by linking Highway 401 in Ontario with the Interstate 75 and Interstate 94 in Michigan was proposed in honor of Howe.

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  • The Canadian Prime Minister, Stephen Harper had officially announced in the year 2015 that the bridge was to be named after the legend as the Gordie Howe International Bridge.
  • A movie by the name of Mr. Hockey: The Gordie Howe Story was aired on the 28th of April, 2013 on the CBC and on the Hallmark Channel on the 5th of May in the U.S. the character of Howe was portrayed in the movie by Canadian actor Michael Shanks.
  • After the death of Colleen Howe, his wife in 2009, Howe had turned his charitable activity towards degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Dementia. He had established the Gordie and Colleen Howe Fund for Alzheimer’s in collaboration with the University of Toronto’s aging and brain health facility.
  • By the age of fifteen, Gordie had already been spotted by one of the professional scouts. He was invited to a try-out camp by the New York Rangers. The camp director there had told Gordon, “You’re too awkward, son, you’ll never make the major leagues.” In spite of such remarks, Howe had landed a try-out with the Detroit Red Wings in the very next year. The coach and general manager of the team at that time, Jack Adams, was very impressed by the performance of a teen-aged Howe and had signed him a contract.
  • In the year 1950, Howe faced a huge blow to his career and it almost came to an abrupt end. His first play of the game was against the Toronto Maple Leaves. Howe had faced a very bad collision with Toronto’s Ted Kennedy and had flown headfirst into one of the sideboards. The accident had resulted in him having a fractured skull and also a concussion. His cheekbone and nose were also broken. The surgeons had to perform an operation on him to reduce the pressure on his brains. He was in a critical condition was many days. Although Howe made a comeback in the next season, many critics and professionals held one question – would he still be able to play with the same fire and aggressiveness that he had before. Howe made sure that his actions answered all these questions. He had played in every single game in that season and had finished by leading the NHL in goals, assists and total points in that respective season.


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