“Mr. Hockey” Gordie Howe played his first NHL game in 1946 and his last in 1980. In between those dates, Howe made hockey history over and over again. He wasn’t just the master of the 200-foot game, he was arguably the originator of it—you could say that no player has ever done so much so well.
Howe debuted in the NHL on October 16, 1946, as a member of the Detroit Red Wings. Part of the famed "Production Line" (along with Sid Abel and Ted Lindsay), Howe had a huge role in turning the Red Wings into the NHL powerhouse of the early ‘50s. His Red Wings captured the Stanley Cup in 1950, 1952, 1954, and 1955. Along the way, this notoriously tough player also inspired the "Gordie Howe hat trick": a goal, an assist, and a fight in the same game.
After these early successes, Howe would never again get his hands on the fabled Cup, but he continued to rack up incredible stats until his retirement from the NHL in 1971. He went on to play a handful of (very successful) seasons in the WHA, then returned for one last NHL season, this time with the Hartford Whalers, in 1979-80.
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