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Gordie Howe International Bridge to connect Detroit, Canada

Construction on new span named for Hall of Fame forward began Friday

by Daniel O'Leary @DanOLeary25 / NHL.com Staff Writer

Of course a project connecting Canada with the city of Detroit would have to be named for the great Gordie Howe.

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Etched in History

Red Wings set records on way to Stanley Cup in 1954-55

Back-to-back champions featured in series about teams being removed from trophy

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

Every 13 years when the bottom band of the Stanley Cup is filled with names of champions, the top band is removed and retired to be displayed in the vault of the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto. The current top band, featuring NHL championship teams from 1953-54 to 1964-65, is coming off, and four bands below it are sliding up one place to make room for a fresh fifth band at the bottom that will begin with the 2017-18 Washington Capitals. Each day through Oct. 2, NHL.com will look at one of the 12 Cup-winning teams leaving hockey's most coveted trophy.

 

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Etched in History

Red Wings rode 'Production Line' to Stanley Cup in 1953-54

Detroit powerhouse featured in series about teams being removed from trophy

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

Every 13 years when the bottom band of the Stanley Cup is filled with names of champions, the top band is removed and retired to be displayed in the vault of the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto. The current top band, featuring NHL championship teams from 1953-54 to 1964-65, is coming off, and four bands below it are sliding up one place to make room for a fresh fifth band at the bottom that will begin with the 2017-18 Washington Capitals. Each day through Oct. 2, NHL.com will look at one of the 12 Cup-winning teams leaving hockey's most coveted trophy.

 

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This Date in NHL History

Sept. 8: Howe announces retirement after 25 seasons with Red Wings

Plus: Soviets take lead in Summit Series; Cournoyer, Gilbert inducted into Hockey Hall of Fame

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Sept. 8

1971: Gordie Howe announces his retirement after 25 seasons with the Detroit Red Wings and becomes a team vice president.

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Aug. 24: Howe, Beliveau inducted into Hockey Hall of Fame

Plus: Stastny brothers defect, Kopitar born in Slovenia

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Aug. 24

1972: The Hockey Hall of Fame inducts perhaps its most star-studded class yet, even waiving its mandatory three-year waiting period for two of the inductees.

Longtime rivals Gordie Howe and Jean Beliveau are inducted after retiring following the 1970-71 season. Howe leaves the Detroit Red Wings as the owner of the NHL records for games played, goals and points. Beliveau ends his career after helping the Montreal Canadiens win the Stanley Cup 10 times; the last one comes is in 1971, when he leads all playoff scorers with 16 assists.

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June 4: Howe announces second retirement at age 52

Plus: Roy sets record for playoff appearances by goalie; Capitals advance to first Cup Final

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

THIS DATE IN HISTORY: June 4

1980: At age 52, Gordie Howe retires again, this time for good.

Howe's first retirement, from the Detroit Red Wings after the 1970-71 season, lasts two years before he joins the Houston Aeros of the World Hockey Association, where he plays with sons Mark Howe and Marty Howe. All three Howes move to the New England Whalers in 1977, and Mr. Hockey returns to the NHL (with his sons) two years later when the franchise is one of four WHA teams admitted to the League.

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April 6: Howe scores in final NHL game

Plus: Potvin sets rookie defensemen records; Gretzky wins Art Ross Trophy for sixth straight season

by John Kreiser @JKreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

THIS DATE IN HISTORY: April 6

1980: In his 1,767th and final regular-season game, 52-year-old Gordie Howe of the Hartford Whalers scores his 801st NHL goal, a backhand shot past Detroit Red Wings goaltender Rogie Vachon. The Whalers win 5-3 at the Hartford Civic Center to end their first season in the NHL.

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March 12: Hull sets single-season record with 51st goal

Plus: Howe plays final game in Detroit; Hitchcock gets 700th win as NHL coach

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

THIS DATE IN HISTORY: March 12

1966: Bobby Hull passes Maurice Richard and Bernie Geoffrion for the most goals in one season when he scores No. 51 for the Chicago Blackhawks in the third period of a 4-2 victory against the New York Rangers at Chicago Stadium.

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Jan. 12: Devils use four players from Soviet Union

Plus: Malone becomes NHL's first 20-goal scorer; Howe returns to Joe Louis Arena; Rangers retire Messier's No. 11

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Jan. 12

1992: The New Jersey Devils make NHL history when they use four players born in the Soviet Union. Defensemen Viacheslav Fetisov and Alexei Kasatonov, and forwards Valeri Zelepukin and Alexander Semak all play during a 5-2 victory against the Los Angeles Kings in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Zelepukin has a goal and an assist; Kasatonov assists on his first-period power-play goal.

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Bower, Howe were great friends, rivals

Saskatchewan natives competed fiercely on ice, vacationed together during offseason

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @cotsonika / NHL.com Columnist

It was 1963 or '64, but Mark Howe is pretty sure it was 1964. The Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Detroit Red Wings in the Stanley Cup Final, and in the handshake line at Maple Leaf Gardens, Maple Leafs goaltender Johnny Bower traded sticks with Red Wings forward Gordie Howe.

Before each series in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Gordie would ask his son Mark, "When the series is over, whose stick do you want?" That time, Mark had said, "I want Bower's."

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