Today in Sports History: March 14

In 1962, Canadian hockey player and Detroit Red Wings’ forward, Gordie Howe, became the second player in the National Hockey League (NHL) history to score 500 career goals during a 3-2 loss to the New York Rangers. 

From 1946 until 1971, Howe played for the Red Wings. He appeared in 1,767 games, scored 801 goals, had 1,049 assists, and 1,850 penalties. Howe brought home four Stanley Cup Championships in 1950, 1952, 1954, and 1955. 

He was a six-time recipient of the Hart Memorial Trophy and six-time recipient for the Art Ross Trophy. He also received the Lester Patrick Trophy in 1967 and the NHL Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008. 

Howe appeared in 23 All-Star games, and was named to the NHL First All-Star Team 12 times and was named to the NHL Second All-Star Team 9 times. He was also named to the World Hockey Association (WHA) First All-Star Team twice in 1974 and 1975. 

After retirement, Howe was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1972 for his incredible playing career and soon to come, continued outstanding career. Howe played professional hockey for 25 seasons, then took two years off, and decided to come out of retirement. He played in the World Hockey Association for eight seasons from 1973 until 1980. 

He officially ended his career by signing a one-day contract with the Detroit Vipers in the International Hockey League (IHL), minor league, at 70-years-old for a final return on the ice for a one-line shift. 

In 2014, hockey legend Gordie Howe passed away from a stroke at 88-years-old. While always fighting health issues and struggling at old age, he passed peacefully. The hockey legend will always be remembered for his outstanding performances throughout his career. 

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