Mr. Hockey

13 Jun
Trading Card of Gordie Howe

Trading card photo of Gordie Howe as a member of the Detroit Red Wings. These cards were printed on the backs of Chex cereal boxes in the US and Canada from 1963 to 1965. Those collecting the cards cut them from the back of the boxes.

Gordie Howe, a great Canadian hockey legend, known for, among other feats, for his Hat Trick.

Here are a few facts:

* Born on March 31, 1928 in Floral, Saskatchewan.

* Died on June 10, 2016 in Toledo, Ohio at the age of 88.

* He was inducted in the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1972.

* He was ambidextrous.

* Played from 1946-1971 and 1973-1980.

* He was nicknamed Mr. Hockey.

* A 23-time NHL All-Star, he held many of the sport’s scoring records until they were broken in the 1980s by Wayne Gretzky. He continues to hold NHL records for most games and seasons played.

* He won 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.

* Howe was most famous for his scoring prowess, physical stamina and career longevity. He is the only player to have competed in the NHL In five different decades (1940s through 1980s). Although he only accomplished the task twice in his own career, he became the namesake of the “Gordie Howe hat trick”: a goal, an assist and a fight in the same game. He was the inaugural recipient of the NHL Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008.

* He was slightly dyslexic growing up, however, he was physically beyond his years at an early age. Already six feet tall in his mid-teens, doctors feared a calcium deficiency and encouraged him to strengthen his spine with chin-ups. He started playing organised hockey at eight years old. Howe quit school during the Depression to work In construction with his father, then left Saskatoon at sixteen to pursue his hockey career.

* Howe was an ambidextrous player, one of just a few skaters able to use the straight sticks of his era to shoot either left or right-handed.

* He experienced his first taste of professional hockey at age 15 in 1943 when he was invited by the New York Rangers to their training camp held at “The Amphitheatre” in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He played so well that the Rangers wanted Howe to sign a “C” form which would have given that club his NHL rights and to play that year at Notre Dame, a Catholic school in Wilcox, Saskatchewan, which had a reputation for discovering good hockey players. Howe wanted to go back home to play hockey with his friends, and declined the Rangers’ offer and returned to Saskatoon.



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9 responses to “Mr. Hockey

  1. hermitsdoor

    June 26, 2016 at 9:51 am

    My wife has been educating me on hockey for the past 25 years (early date was to see the Washington Caps play some important team). Now I know what a Gordie How Hat Trick is (she and her sister named it right off when I aksed if they knew of this).

    • tkmorin

      June 27, 2016 at 10:11 am

      I love to watch a game, especially during the Olympics, but there are still rules I don’t know about. Fun learning, though! 🙂

      • hermitsdoor

        June 27, 2016 at 10:22 am

        I read a description of becoming accepted into a rural Canadian community, which used a hockey analogy: after 12 years, they invite you to join the locla hockey team; after 20 years, they pass you the puck. 😉

        • tkmorin

          June 27, 2016 at 10:23 am

          LOL I love that! Thanks for the smile! 🙂

  2. Cotton Boll Conspiracy

    June 15, 2016 at 1:06 pm

    As good a hockey player as he was, he was an even better person. How many athletes can you say that about?

    • tkmorin

      June 16, 2016 at 10:39 am

      Less and less …

  3. Eli Pacheco

    June 14, 2016 at 10:49 am

    As an Avs fan, there’s no love lost for the red wings. Mr. Hockey, though, transcended the color of his sweater. He belonged to the game and will be sorely missed by everyone.

    • tkmorin

      June 14, 2016 at 11:04 am

      I am not a real fan of hockey as such, but I do remember hearing a lot about him early on from my dad and brothers. A legend I would say. 🙂

      • Eli Pacheco

        June 15, 2016 at 11:25 am

        The epitome of legend, I’d say. When you can be known to people outside of your genre as he was.


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