Today’s TBT sports blog remembers Mr. Hockey Gordie Howe.
The godfather of modern day hockey – Gordie Howe – also checks in at #4 in my sports comic book highlighting my all-time Hockey Favorites.
Here’s a chapter excerpt from my sports comic book about hockey.
“No one will ever argue that Gordie Howe’s lengthy, unmatched career earned him the nicknames Mr. Hockey and the King of Hockey.
The legendary #9 began playing hockey professionally in 1948 at the ripe age of 20.
Five decades later, Howe retired in 1980 at the unconscionable age 52.
Upon retirement, Gordie Howe held nearly every individual record in professional hockey. The 6’1” and 205 lb. right wing played an amazing 2,421 games, scored 1,071 goals, assisted on 1,518 others and made 29 all-star appearances.
Mr. Hockey Gordie Howe: Six-Time NHL MVP
Mr. Hockey was awarded six Hart trophies as the NHL Most Valuable Player and six Art Ross Trophies as the league’s leading scorer. He finished among the top five in scoring in the NHL for an incredible 20 consecutive seasons.
In addition to celebrating four Stanley Cup Championships with the Detroit Red Wings, Howe enjoyed an unprecedented accomplishment when he played for the New England Whalers, part of the now defunct World Hockey Association.
In a grueling sport that would certainly age most players prematurely, Gordie Howe displayed amazing longevity.
Howe became the only father in the history of professional sports to play with his own kids. In Howe’s case, he skated on the same pro hockey team with sons Mark and Marty in the 1973 – 74 WHA season.
Wayne Gretzky Wanted to Be Like Mr. Hockey Gordie Howe
Howe was so revered as the complete hockey player by Wayne Gretzky, that Gretzky was quoted as saying about this King of Hockey, ”I wanted to eat, sleep, look like and play hockey like Gordie Howe.”
Howe’s amazing longevity, rugged durability and incredible skill gained him entrance into 11 different sports halls of fame.
Also, the Canadian government bestowed upon him the Order of Canada, the country’s highest honor.
Well deserved, Mr. Hockey!”
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