Howe, Gordie

Howe, Gordie

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.
In ice hockey, a Gordie Howe hat trick is an unofficial variation on the hat trick, wherein a player scores a goal, gets an assist, and participates in a fight in a single game. It is named after Gordie Howe, who was known for both his scoring ability and his truculence.

The Gordie Howe hat trick is not an official statistic, and its conception is relatively recent; The Hockey News has statistics on it only since the 1996-97 NHL season. The San Jose Sharks, Calgary Flames, Nashville Predators, Ottawa Senators, Pittsburgh Penguins and the Montreal Canadiens are the only teams in the NHL that record their franchise's Gordie Howe hat tricks. Brendan Shanahan of the New York Rangers has unofficially recorded the most "Gordies" with nine, according to The Hockey News.

The first known Gordie Howe hat trick was recorded by Hall of Famer Harry Cameron of the Toronto Arenas on December 26, 1917. Howe's only known one was on December 22, 1955.


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