Already considered one of the greatest players of all time, his endurance and athleticism may never be matched. Gordie Howe's incredible 1,767 games played in the NHL comes from the fact that the incomparable right winger played until the astounding age of 52.
Howe's list of accolades includes, and is not limited to, numerous Stanley Cup Championships as well as Art Ross and Hart Memorial Trophies.
As a top scorer for over 20 seasons, Howe's achievements on the ice were remarkable. Ranking third on the list of all-time scoring with 801 goals and 1049 assists, Howe will forever be listed amongst the best of the NHL. Fans today still reference the legend when referring to the Gordie Howe Hat Trick (goal, assist, and a fight).
One of Howe's greatest achievements on the ice came at the age of 40 when he posted his only 100+ point season with 44 goals and 59 assists. While Howe struggled with an ailing wrist, he continue on for over 25 seasons in the NHL. His final season in the league saw him play 80 games for the Hartford Whalers before he retired in 1980.
As for those who possessed the talent and the physical attributes to play well into their 40s, Howe is at the top. He's in a category all his own when you talk about legends who played into their 50s, as he is the only one to do so.