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Gordie Howe  1956-57

Young Gordon Howe knew he was destined for greatness, as evidenced by the day one of his brothers caught him practicing his autograph.

The signature for which he still gets countless requests.

"He was an all-around player," Detroit forward Carl Liscombe said. "He could do everything."

And Howe usually did.

Six times he won the NHL scoring title, earning a half-dozen nods as the NHL's most valuable player in a 26-season career which concluded with Howe, 52, skating alongside his sons Mark and Marty for the Hartford Whalers in 1979-80, his only NHL campaign in which Howe did not have the winged wheel on his chest.

Coming to the Red Wings training camp in 1945, Howe immediately turned heads, splitting the all-star defense tandem of Bill Quackenbush and Jack Stewart to score a goal.

"Even when he was 16 years old, you could tell he was going to be something special," Liscombe said.

Howe made the Wings in 1946-47 at age 18 and never left until he retired from the game in 1971, spending a quarter-century with Detroit. But he wasn't done and made a comeback with the WHA's Houston Aeros in 1973 to play on the same team as his sons.

Howe had it all going for him - longevity, durability, productivity and the ability to adjust to any style of game.

If a big goal was required, Howe would deliver, either by scoring it, or setting up a teammate. He could play defense in a pinch and even endured a brief stint in goal as a youngster. And if someone needed straightening out, Howe proved more effective than the chiropractor.

Howe's razor-sharp elbows were legendary and his fistic prowess so dominant that few messed with him.

"I remember my first NHL game against him," former Boston center Derek Sanderson said. "Don't mess with me, old man," I told him. Next thing I remember was the smelling salts."

"If a guy slashed me, I'd grab his stick, pull him up alongside me and elbow him in the head," Howe explained.

No explanation is necessary of his talent. Turning a few pages of the NHL Guide and Record Book will suffice. Two decades after his last NHL game, he still maintains league career marks for seasons (26), games (1,767) and the most 20-goal seasons (22) - all consecutively, also a record. His goals (801), assists (1,049) and points (1,850) totals are all league records for a right-winger.

BORN:
Floral, Saskatchewan, March 31, 1928

ACQUIRED:
Signed to pro contract, November 1, 1945

BEST SEASON WITH RED WINGS:
1968-69 (44-59-103)

TOTALS WITH RED WINGS:
GP-1,687, G-786, A-1,023, PTS-1,809

HONORS:
Won six Hart Trophies; Won six Art Ross Trophies; Won Lester Patrick Trophy, 1967; Selected to 12 NHL First All-Star Teams; Selected to nine NHL Second All-Star Teams; Played in 22 NHL All-Star Games; Elected to Hockey Hall of Fame in 1972

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 77 17 49 -6 66
P. Datsyuk 63 26 39 12 65
T. Tatar 82 29 27 6 56
G. Nyquist 82 27 27 -11 54
J. Abdelkader 71 23 21 3 44
N. Kronwall 80 9 35 -4 44
R. Sheahan 79 13 23 -3 36
D. Helm 75 15 18 7 33
D. DeKeyser 80 2 29 11 31
S. Weiss 52 9 16 -2 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Howard 23 13 11 .910 2.44
P. Mrazek 16 9 2 .918 2.38

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