Gordie Howe known as Mr Hockey played in the NHL from 1946 until 1980.
Gordie was born in Floral, Saskatchewan. Gordie suffered from minor dyslexia but excelled physically. Gordie began playing organized hockey when he was eight years old. When he was 16 years old, he left Saskatoon to pursue his hockey career. Gordie had the ability to shoot both left and right-handed.
Gordie Howe International Bridge
The Detroit River International Crossing was named the Gordie Howe International Bridge on May 14, 2015. The bridge is between Windsor, Ontario and Detroit, Michigan.
Detroit Red Wings
A scout for the Detroit Red Wings noticed Gordie’s excellent hockey skills and invited him to their camp in Windsor, Ontario in 1944. After he was signed to a “C” form by the Red Wings, he played for the Gait Red Wings, their junior team.
At the age of 18, Gordie played his first NHL game as a right-wing for the Detroit Red Wings on October 16, 1946. Gordie was involved in many fights during his early years with the NHL until the coach told him that he knew Gordie could fight, but now it was time to show him he could play hockey.
Gordie had many accomplishments throughout his career as an NHL hockey player. Gordie led the Detroit Red Wings for seven consecutive years in first place during the regular hockey season. The 1050-51 season Gordie won the scoring title with his 86 points. For four straight years, he won scoring titles. He had won the MVP Hart Memorial Trophy 6 times during his career amongst many other accomplishments. Gordie retired after a wrist injury in 1972 but continued to work with the Detroit Red Wings. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1975.