Simply known as "Mr. Hockey," Gordie Howe celebrates his 84th birthday today.
Howe spent 25 seasons in Detroit in parts of four decades prior to joining the Houston Aeros of the WHL for another four years. Howe finished his career with the New England/Hartford Whalers of the WHA and NHL before finally retiring at the end of the 1979-80 season.
Howe finished his career as the game's greatest player, before the arrival of Wayne Gretzky and others, accumulating 801 NHL goals, 1,049 assists, 1,850 points and 1,685 penalty minutes in 1,767 games played.
Much of Howe's success came as a member of Detroit's feared "Production Line," made up of "Mr. Hockey" and fellow NHL Hall of Famers Ted Lindsay and Sid Abel.
Howe still holds the record for most games and seasons played in the NHL and is second in career goals, third in points and eighth in assists.
Howe's NHL accolades are many, including six Hart Trophies as the NHL's most valuable player and six Art Ross trophies as the top scorer in the league.
The 23-time All-Star also won four Stanley Cups during his career—all with Detroit—in 1950, 1952, 1954 and 1955.
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