Gordie Howe, NHL Hall Of Fame Legend, Hand Signed Autographed Puck.

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The Late NHL Hall Of Fame Legend Gordie Howe Hand Signed Autographed Rubena Hockey Puck, with Certificate Of Authentication.

Former Professional Hockey Player Gordie Howe (Born 1928) Earned The Distinction Of The Most Durable Player Of all Time, Playing 26 Seasons Spanning Five Decades In The National Hockey League, and at That Time Was One Of The Game's Most Prolific Scorers.

 

                            

Soviet Union Defenceman Alexander Gusev Gets Into a Tussle with Gordie Howe During The 1974 Summit Series.

 

            

Gordie Howe Scores a Goal against Toronto's Johnny Bower In The 1960s.

     

            

Gordie Howe (Right) Sends Toronto's Gordie Hannigan Into The Boards, and Into a Ref, During Stanley Cup Semi-Finals In 1952.         

 

When Gordie Howe broke the National Hockey League (NHL) scoring record of Maurice "Rocket" Richard, the debate among hockey buffs was whether Richard or Howe was the best player of all time. Years later when Wayne Gretzky broke Howe's record, the debate was renewed, this time Gretzky versus Howe. Gretzky himself declared to Hal Quinn of Maclean's that Howe "is the best hockey player there ever was." Howe, for his part, told Jay Greenberg of Sports Illustrated, "If you want to tell me [Gretzky's] the greatest player of all time, I have no argument at all."

Howe was born in Floral, Saskatchewan on March 31, 1928. He was the fifth of nine children. At three months of age, his family moved to nearby Saskatoon where his father was a mechanic, labourer, and construction worker. The family was poor as many of their neighbours were during the Great Depression. Once when a neighbour was selling some used belongings to get some cash, Howe gained his first pair of skates. "She had a sack of stuff my mother bought for 50 cents, " Howe recalled, reported Larry Batson in his book Gordie Howe. "I dug into it and found some secondhand skates. I grabbed a pair for myself. They were so big I had to wear a couple of extra pairs of socks." He was then about five years old.

Howe surpassed Maurice Richard's scoring record in 1963. By the time he retired from the Red Wings in 1971, at the age of 43, he had the records for goals, assists, and total points. He also had the record for most games played. He accepted a job in the team's front office. But, in 1973, when the Houston Aeros of the new World Hockey Association (WHA) signed his sons Marty and Mark, Howe asked about joining them. Playing on the same professional team as his sons had been a dream. He got himself back into shape and returned triumphantly, scoring 100 points, winning the league's Most Valuable Player award, and leading his team to the WHA championship.

Howe continued to play in the WHA through 1977. He moved to the Hartford Whalers and when that club was merged into the NHL in 1978, he was back for a second tour of duty in his old league. Howe's autobiography, And … Howe!: An Authorized Autobiography was published in 1995. He continued to make special appearances playing in charity games well into the 1990s.

Asked once why he kept playing, Furlong wrote, Howe remarked, "Well, the hours are good and the pay is excellent." And of his incredibly long career, he told Swift, "One of my goals was longevity: I guess I've pretty much got the lock on that." In September of 1997, at the age of 69, Howe announced he would play one game, the October 3 season opener, with the International Hockey League's Detroit Vipers. This would make him the only professional hockey player to play in six consecutive decades.

Item Code - MEMSOU1A22893JSA

Within Case - Width: 3 1/4"  Height: 3 1/4"  Depth: 1 1/4"  Weight: 206 g


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