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Gordon Howe (Gordie)

Born: 1928 AD
Currently alive, at 87 years of age.

Nationality: Canadian
Categories: Hockey Player


1928 - Born on the 31st of March in Floral, Saskatchewan, Canada.

1946 - Made his NHL debut at the age of 18, playing right wing for the Detroit Red Wings.

1948 - 1956 - He led Detroit to four Stanley Cups and to first place in regular season play for seven consecutive years.

1953 - Married to Colleen Joffa.

1968 - 1969 - Played the 68'-69' season on a line with Alex Delvecchio and Frank Mahovlich.

1970 - 1971 - After twenty-five years, a chronic wrist problem forced him to retire after the 70'-71' season, and he took a job in the Red Wings front office.

1972 - He was offered the job as first head coach of the New York Islanders, but turned it down.

1974 - At the age of 46, he won the Gary L. Davidson Trophy, awarded to the WHA's most valuable player (the trophy was renamed the Gordie Howe Trophy the following year).

2002 - He was diagnosed with Pick's disease, an incurable neurological disease that causes dementia.

2007 - He was honored with the unveiling of a new bronze statue in Joe Louis Arena on the 10th of April.


Page last updated: 8:42am, 06th Jul '07

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