“Mr. Hockey,” Gordie Howe passed away on Friday, June 10 at the age of 88.
HERE ARE 9 FACTS ABOUT THE GREAT #9
1. Gordon Howe was born on May 31, 1928, in Floral, Saskatchewan, Canada.
2. Howe got his first taste of professional hockey at 15 years old in 1943 when he was invited by the New York Rangers to their training camp.
3. He made his NHL debut at the age of 18 on October 16, 1946 for the Detroit Red Wings and scored a goal in his first career game.
4. Howe was ambidextrous, one of just a few players able to use the straight sticks of his era to shoot either left or right handed.
5. Howe was a 23-time NHL All-Star during his amazing 26-year career, while also playing six more seasons in the World Hockey Association (WHA).
6. He retired from the NHL in 1980 at 52 years young.
7. “Mr. Hockey” finished his NHL career with 801 goals and 1,049 assists for 1,850 career points in 1,767 games. He curently ranks 2nd in goals, 9th in assists, 4th in points and 1st in games played.
8. Howe’s numerous awards and achievements include 4 Stanley Cups, 6 Hart Trophies (NHL MVP) and 6 Art Ross Trophies (NHL Points Leader).
9. Howe was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1972.