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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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