For anyone who has ever met Gordie Howe or seen him play, we strongly recommend that you watch this moving tribute by ESPN's Keith Olberman. It is perfect.
On This date in 1977, The Howe family departs the Houston Aeros and signs with the New England Whalers.
On this date in 1980 hockey legends Gordie Howe and Bobby Hull play their last regular season NHL game vs Detroit. Howe scores his 801st and final NHL regular season goal.
On this date in 1980 Gordie Howe starts his 1st NHL game at center, with sons Mark on right wing and Marty on left in Detroit.
On this Date in 1981, Gordie Howe's #9 is officially retired and raised to the Hartford Civic Center rafters prior to a game vs. the Winnipeg Jets.