March 31st was the 82nd birthday of Mr. Hockey, Gordie Howe. Still called the greatest to play the game there isnt much to say about Gordie Howe that hasn't been said. He set the standard for which all others are judged.
Here is a look at his record book:
- 23-time NHL All-Star
- 12-time NHL First All-Star Team
- 9-time NHL Second All-Star Team
- 4-time Stanley Cup champion (1950, 1952, 1954, 1955)
- 6-time Art Ross Memorial Trophy winner (1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1957, 1963)
- 6-time Hart Memorial Trophy – 1952, 1953, 1957, 1958, 1960, 1963
- Lester B. Patrick Award winner (1967)
- Lionel Conacher Award (1963)
- Hockey Hall of Fame (1972)
- 2-time Avco World Trophy winner (1974, 1975)
- Gary L. Davidson Trophy winner (1974)
- 2-time WHA All-Star.
- Top 5 in NHL scoring for 20 consecutive seasons
- Most games played for a single franchise (1687, Detroit Red Wings)
- Most NHL games played (1767)
- Oldest NHL player at time of retirement (52)
- Oldest person to play in an NHL game (52), also only player to play in the NHL after age 50
- Only player to play in the NHL in five different decades (1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s)
- NHL Lifetime Achievement Award winner (2008)
- His #9 was retired by the Detroit Red Wings and the Hartford Whalers. Although the Houston Aeros Howe played for no longer exist, the AHL team of the same name has also retired #9 for Howe.
- In 1998, he was ranked #3 on The Hockey News' list of the 100 Greatest Hockey Players, the highest-ranking right wing on the list.