Skip to main content
This Date in NHL History

Dec. 4: Howe scores 700th NHL goal

Plus: Canadiens franchise founded; Messier gets point No. 1,400

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Dec. 4

1968: Gordie Howe becomes the first member of the NHL's 700-goal club.

Howe reaches the milestone when he takes a pass from Frank Mahovlich and beats goaltender Les Binkley with a low shot 7:13 into the Detroit Red Wings' 7-2 victory against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Civic Arena.

View More
Centennial Portraits

Gretzky, Howe portraits unveiled

Final 10 color paintings of 100 Greatest NHL Players will be revealed on NHL.com this week

NHL.com @NHL

As part of the NHL Centennial Celebration, renowned Canadian artist Tony Harris will paint original portraits of each of the 100 Greatest NHL Players presented by Molson Canadian as chosen by a Blue Ribbon panel.

NHL.com will reveal the final 10 portraits this week, starting with those of center Wayne Gretzky and forward Gordie Howe on Monday in the 46th installment.

View More
This Date in NHL History

Sept. 8: Howe announces retirement

Plus: Worsley, Lumley 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.

Howe, 43, owns the NHL career marks for games played, goals, assists and points, but he's coming off his worst offensive season (23 goals, 52 points) since 1948-49 when he decides to retire. The Hockey Hall of Fame waives the mandatory three-year waiting period and he's inducted in 1972.

View More
This Date in NHL History

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.

View More
This Date in NHL History

June 4: Gordie Howe announces second retirement

Plus: Patrick Roy passes Billy Smith in playoff appearances; 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 that are admitted to the League.

View More
stats

All-time playoff stats for Gretzky, Howe, all players now on NHL.com

Fans can explore every postseason box score, player game logs from 1917-18 to present

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

A century of the NHL has been about the men who have played the game. It's been about the battles they have waged, the Stanley Cup titles they have won, sometimes against all odds, and the championships they have not won when everything suggested that the sterling trophy was all but engraved.

Thumb back through the pages charting the players and the momentous Stanley Cup Playoff games and the often incredible events that changed the complexion of a series, a game, a period or even a shift, and you will find so many numbers.

View More
This Date in NHL History

April 6: Gordie Howe scores in final NHL game

Plus: Denis Potvin sets rookie defensemen records; Wayne 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.

View More
NHL Centennial

Howe family achieves NHL first

Gordie Howe, Mark Howe, Marty Howe start game as father-and-son line with Whalers on March 12, 1980

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

Gordie Howe returned to hockey in 1973 to fulfill the dream of playing with his sons, one of the few things he didn't accomplish during his 25 NHL seasons with the Detroit Red Wings, which ended when he retired in 1971.

Starting in the World Hockey Association with the Houston Aeros and the New England Whalers, Gordie Howe, Mark Howe and Marty Howe spent six seasons together, and were with the Whalers when they were admitted to the NHL in the summer of 1979 and were renamed the Hartford Whalers.

View More
This Date in NHL History

March 12: Bobby Hull sets goal-scoring record

Plus: Gordie Howe plays final game in Detroit; Ken Hitchcock wins 700th 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.

View More
news

Gordie Howe statue unveiled at Hall of Fame

Monument to Mr. Hockey highlights opening of NHL Centennial Exhibit

by Dave McCarthy / NHL.com Correspondent

TORONTO -- Mark Howe and Marty Howe say their father, Gordie Howe, was known as a fierce, sometimes intimidating player on the ice, but one of the kindest, most welcoming people away from the rink. That's what makes the statue of Gordie Howe that was unveiled Friday at the entrance to the Hockey Hall of Fame all the more appropriate.

"To be able to do something of this magnitude, what better way to celebrate Mr. Hockey than to have him standing at our door saying hello to all our guests?" Hockey Hall of Fame chairman Lanny McDonald said. "The statue is about 8 1/2 feet tall, and for a lot of players who ever played against Gordie, that's kind of how big they thought he was and how he played."

View More