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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 - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
T. Tatar 5 0 3 1 3
M. Green 5 1 1 -1 2
A. Athanasiou 5 1 0 1 1
G. Nyquist 5 1 0 2 1
H. Zetterberg 5 1 0 3 1
J. Abdelkader 5 1 0 -3 1
B. Richards 5 1 0 -4 1
D. Helm 5 1 0 -1 1
D. Larkin 5 1 0 -2 1
N. Kronwall 5 0 1 3 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 1 2 0 .945 1.36
J. Howard 0 2 0 .891 3.59