On this day, August 24th, 1972, Red Wing great “Mr. Hockey” was inducted into the prestigious Hockey Hall of Fame. Gordie Howe will go down as one of the best hockey players of all time and is more than deserving of his enshrinement in the Hall. Howe spent 25 seasons with the Detroit Red Wings, making his debut on October 16, 1946, at the age of 18.
He won the Art Ross Trophy a total of six times, which is second best in NHL history. In a feat unsurpassed by any player, he ranked in the top 5 in scoring for 20 consecutive seasons. He also scored 20 or more goals in 22 straight seasons between 1949 and 1971, setting an NHL record. Howe led the Red Wings to four Stanley Cups and seven first-place finishes, a streak that still stands unbeaten to this day. Howe played on a line with Sid Abel and Ted Lindsay, who were collectively known as the “Production Line.” In 1949-50, the trio finished one-two-three in league scoring (Lindsay , Howe , Abel ). Starting in 1950, Howe went on to lead the league in scoring four times. He became the first player to score 90 points in a season, finishing with 95 points and a career-high 49 goals in 1952. Before Howe, no other player had led the NHL in points more than two years in a row. Only three other players have ever matched the feat of winning four straight scoring titles since (Phil Esposito, Jaromír Jágr, and Wayne Gretzky).
Gordie Howe will go down in the history books as one of the greatest of all time. His strength, speed, and scoring ability perfectly embody the role that a modern-day power forward should exemplify. Even after his passing a little more than two years ago, his legend and spirit continue through the Red Wings organization and anyone who puts on a jersey to play the game of hockey.