Friday, June 10, 2016

RIP Gordie Howe

Before Gretzy came on the scene, Gordie Howe was considered the greatest hockey player ever. The man played professional hockey into his 50s!

He passed away yesterday at the age of 88.

This is my only Gordie Howe hockey card. It came out during the 1971-1972 season. When the WHL formed in the mid-70s, Gordie jumped leagues. At one time, he was on the same team as two of his sons.

Here's what the greatest NHL coach of all-time, Scotty Bowman, had to say about Gordie: “I pick Gordie as my No. 1 all-time player. He played the longest. He was the toughest player of his era. He was the best offensive player and defensively he was used in all situations. He could play center, right wing, and defense. He could shoot right and he could shoot left. If you could make a mold for a hockey player it would be him. I never thought there was another player close to him.”