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Howe, Gordie (Gordon Howe), 1928-, Canadian hockey player. One of the great forwards in the game's history, he played with the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League (1947-71), leading the league in scoring six times and winning Most Valuable Player honors six times. He then retired, but in 1973, with his sons Mark and Marty, joined the new World Hockey Association (WHA). He won the WHA's Most Valuable Player award in 1974 and retired again in 1980 as the career professional leader in goals (801) and assists (1,049); both records have since been broken by Wayne Gretzky.
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Gordie Howe, 1969

(born March 31, 1928, Floral, Sask., Can.) Canadian-born U.S. ice-hockey player, regarded as one of the greatest of all time. In 26 seasons (1945–71) in the NHL, in 25 of them playing right wing with the Detroit Red Wings, he set all-time career records for goals (801), assists (1,049), and points (1,850). (His records were later broken by Wayne Gretzky.) Howe went on to play for or manage non-NHL teams before retiring in 1980. A tough-minded competitor, he was known for the “Gordie Howe hat trick”—a goal, an assist, and a fight.

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in full Gordon Howe

Gordie Howe, 1969

(born March 31, 1928, Floral, Sask., Can.) Canadian-born U.S. ice-hockey player, regarded as one of the greatest of all time. In 26 seasons (1945–71) in the NHL, in 25 of them playing right wing with the Detroit Red Wings, he set all-time career records for goals (801), assists (1,049), and points (1,850). (His records were later broken by Wayne Gretzky.) Howe went on to play for or manage non-NHL teams before retiring in 1980. A tough-minded competitor, he was known for the “Gordie Howe hat trick”—a goal, an assist, and a fight.

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