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Greatest NHL Uniforms: Chicago Blackhawks

Mark Howe says Hull helped make rival jersey, not dad Gordie's Red Wings sweater, his favorite

by Adam Kimelman @NHLAdamK / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Hockey Hall of Famer Mark Howe grew up in Detroit, is the son of Detroit Red Wings legend Gordie Howe and has worked as a scout for the organization since 1995.

But when it comes to picking his favorite NHL jersey, he turns to a rival: the Chicago Blackhawks.

"The Red Wings, they almost look the same as they do now, they're classics," Howe said. "As a kid growing up … by far my favorite was the Blackhawks. To this day, it was the white uniform. The red was nice but I just loved the white with the black outline on the uniforms."

 

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The Blackhawks' jersey has changed little since Howe was born in 1955, and its classic look has earned it a spot in the field of 100 in the battle for Greatest NHL Uniform.

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While Howe was and is a Red Wings fan, his favorite player wasn't his Hall of Fame father.

"I always said as a kid Bobby Hull was my favorite player," Howe said. "My dad was my dad, that wasn't going to change. You don't look at your dad that way when you're part of that family. Bobby was so wonderful to me."

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Howe said his father and Hull were friendly off the ice and reminisced about family summer vacations to the Hull family ranch outside Belleville, Ontario, and fishing for catfish with Hull's father.

Howe also got to be a stick boy for visiting teams when they would come to Detroit, and when the Blackhawks would come to town he'd usually end up with a stick or two from Hull.

Looking up to Hull is a big reason the Blackhawks jersey remains his favorite.

"My dad was my dad," Howe said. "My dad was not a great hockey player and wasn't a Red Wing, he was just Gordie Howe, my father. The experiences I had with Bobby Hull … just seeing the jersey, maybe it was the way with his golden hair flying down the ice, the way he used to wind up and do different things. To this day, I love the white Blackhawks jersey."

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