“You’ve got to love what you are doing. If you love it,you can overcome any handicap or the soreness or all the aches and pains and continue to play for a long, long time.”
Gordie Howe was one of the greatest hockey players of all-time and he played for a long, long time. Howe’s best days were with the Detroit Red Wings where he played on four Stanley Cup Champions. Gordie Howe was named the National Hockey’ League’s Most Valuable Player six times. Gordie Howe also led the NHL in scoring on six occasions. Howe was a 23 time All-Star who played in 1,767 games, the most of anyone in NHL History. Gordie Howe was inducted into the hockey Hall of Fame in 1972 and a year later came out of retirement to play in the World Hockey Association.
I think all hockey aficionados would rank Gordie Howe as one of the greatest players of all-time. He was talented and he was physical. I had the pleasure of interviewing Gordie a week before his 50th birthday when he was playing for the New England Whalers of the World Hockey Association. Gordie was a true gentleman that evening as he was every time I spoke with him. Those who watched him play never said he was a true gentleman on the ice. Because of his physical play, he was known as “Mr. Elbows.” In fact, a Gordie Howe hat trick was known as “a goal, an assist and a fight.” Gordie Howe was so successful that at age 40, he amassed over 100 points(44 goals, 59 assists}. Not only did Gordie Howe play in the NHL in five different decades but he has two sons(Mark & Marty) who played hockey. Mark played for 16 seasons and like his dad is in the Hockey Hall of Fame.