There will never be another Gordie Howe

He was a legend among legends and a player with no true parallel in his generation or any generation that came after. His name was Gordie Howe, but to hockey fans, he's known as simply Mr. Hockey.

There will never be another Gordie Howe.

Hyperbole does not apply to the that statement because Howe’s career was so unique that it would be near impossible for a hockey player to even attempt to accomplish what “Mr. Hockey” did.

Howe skated in professional hockey over six different decades, which is a feat that is all but guaranteed to stand forever. He played 26 seasons in the NHL, where he topped 30 goals 14 times and failed to score 20 or more just four times.

Although Howe only reached the plateau once in his NHL career, he did so at the age of 40.

A glance at Howe’s records and accomplishments merely reinforces the legend. He was one of a kind.

Gordie Howe’s NHL records

  • Most games played in the NHL (1,767)
  • Most NHL seasons played (26, tied with Chris Chelios)
  • Most NHL games played with a single franchise (1,687, Detroit Red Wings)
  • Most career goals by a right winger (801)
  • Most 20-goal seasons (22)
  • Most consecutive 20-goal seasons (22)
  • Most NHL All-Star Game appearances (23)
  • Oldest player to play in the NHL (52 years, 11 days)
  • Gordie Howe’s NHL accomplishments

  • Four Stanley Cups (1950, 1952, 1954, 1955)
  • Six-time Art Ross Trophy winner (1950-51, 1951-52, 1952-53, 1953-54, 1956-57,1962-63)
  • Six-time Hart Memorial Trophy recipient (1951-52, 1952-53, 1956-57, 1957-58, 1959-60, 1962-63)
  • 12-time NHL First Team All-Star
  • Nine-time NHL Second Team All-Star
  • There will never be another player quite like Gordie Howe.

    Statistical data and NHL record information via NHL, Hockey Reference, Internet Hockey Database, and Wikipedia

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