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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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."

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Jan. 16: Alex Ovechkin scores memorable goal

Plus: Gordie Howe passes Maurice Richard in points; Steve Yzerman gets No. 1,700

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Jan. 16

2006: Rookie forward Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals scores one of the most spectacular goals in NHL history during the third period of a 6-1 victory against the Phoenix Coyotes at Glendale Arena.

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Jan. 12: Devils use four players from Soviet Union

Plus: Joe Malone becomes NHL's first 20-goal scorer; Rangers retire Mark 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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NHL Centennial

Gordie Howe makes NHL history on Jan. 2, 1980

Mr. Hockey becomes only player to skate in five different decades

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

For all of Gordie Howe's accomplishments during his 26 NHL seasons, the one that may never be equaled came when he performed the simplest task of any hockey player on game night -- stepping onto the ice.

When Howe took his first shift for the Hartford Whalers against the Edmonton Oilers at Northlands Coliseum in Edmonton on Jan. 2, 1980, the 51-year-old became the first NHL player to play in five decades.

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NHL Insider

Gordie Howe among great losses in hockey world

Mr. Hockey, Ed Snider, Bill Gadsby among game's greats to die during 2016

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

The end of the year offers the chance to reflect on the previous 12 months.

For all of the tremendous accomplishments that took place, 2016 also was defined by those we lost, including hockey icon Gordie Howe, two members of the Hockey Hall of Fame who were teammates of Howe with the Detroit Red Wings and one of the longest-tenured owners in the NHL.

Here's a look at some of those in the hockey world who left us during the past year:

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