Most will remember Gordie Howe as the ambidextrous winger who collected six Hart Trophies, six Art Ross trophies, and four Stanley Cups with the Detroit Red Wings during the 50s and 60s. They’ll remember how he played 34 professional years all the way through the 1979-80 season in ageless fashion. They may even remember Howe becoming the only NHL player to play with his sons (Marty and Mark) during a season in which he turned 52 years old and scored 41 points. Gordie Howe will indefinitely and rightfully remain “Mr. Hockey.”
Howe was the beastly owner of every hockey record known to man until a young Wayne Gretzy hit the icy stage. He even headlined the “Gordie Howe hat trick” – a goal, an assist, and a fight in a single game. Gordie played in parts of five decades, cementing his durable body as the pinnacle of professional hockey success. The way he epically connected the different eras of hockey is what truly makes Howe’s unique journey a story for the ages.
Gordie Howe passed away on June 10 at the age of 88, one day before Ferris Bueller’s Day Off was set to celebrate its 30th anniversary – a movie he kind of indirectly starred in (see below). Despite scoring 801 goals during his NHL career (second only to Wayne Gretzky), Howe’s best score may have been in director John Hughes’ film, considering Ferris’ friend Cameron Frye wears Howe’s No. 9 for most of the film. Strange considering the movie is in Chicago, yet not inexplicable after reading the reasons for it.