Currently alive, at 89 years of age.
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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.