Gordon “Gordie” Howe, also known as Mr. Hockey by sports fans around the world, passed away today at the age of 88.
Howe was an amazing goalscorer but also one of the toughest players on the ice. The term “Gordie Howe Hat Trick” was named after him because it consisted of a goal, an assist, and a fight. All of these were big aspects of Gordie’s game. Ironically he only had two Gordie Howe Hat Tricks in his entire career.
Howe was one of the greatest goal scorers of all time, and if there had been 82-game seasons through his entire career, no one would ever have come close to touching his scoring marks. He was the only player in the history of hockey to finish in the top five in scoring for 20 consecutive seasons. From 1949 to 1971 Howe scored at least 20 goals in 22 straight years, an NHL record that still stands.
Howe led the Red Wings to four Stanley Cup championships in 1950, 1952, 1954, and 1955. During that era he made up one third of the famed Production Line featuring his linemates, Sid Abel and Terrible Ted Lindsay.
Source : Martin Shousher, “Hockey legend Gordie Howe dies at the age of 88″, Detroit Athletic Club, June 10, 2016.