Feb 29, 1980: Mr. Hockey Scores #800

Mr. Hockey Scores #800

Gordie Howe played 25 seasons with the Detroit Red Wings, retiring in 1970 as the NHL’s all-time leading goal scorer.  Three years later he came out of retirement to join his two sons on the World Hockey Association’s  (WHA) Houston Aeros and later New England Whalers.  In 1979-80 season, Howe returned to the NHL as the now Hartford Whalers were one of four WHA teams merged into the NHL.

On February 5, 1980, at the age of 51, Howe made a dramatic return to Detroit’s Joe Louis Arena in his 23rd and final All-Star Game appearance (which coincidentally was Wayne Gretsky’s first appearance).

On February 29, 1980, Howe became the first NHL player to score 800 goals.  He would finish with 801 regular season goals and 68 playoff goals in his NHL career.  He was 52 when he scored his last goal in the playoffs against Montreal on an assist from his son

 

Mr. Hockey

At the time of his retirement, Howe’s professional totals, including playoffs, for the NHL and WHA combined, were first. He finished with 2,421 games played, 1,071 goals, 1,518 assists, and 2,589 points. Later on, however, Wayne Gretzky would pass him in goals (1,072), assists (2,297), and points (3,369), but not in games played or games played with one team.

Known as Mr. Hockey, Howe was a

  • 23-time NHL All-Star and 2-time WHA All-Star
  • 4-time Stanley Cup champion and 2-time WHA champion
  • 6-time NHL scoring champion
  • 6-time NHL MVP and a WHA MVP

In 1998, he was ranked #3 on The Hockey News’ list of the 100 Greatest Hockey Players, the highest-ranking right wing on the list.

He also is the namesake of the Gordie Howe Hat Trick, where a player scores a goal, records an assist, and gets in a fight all in one game – a feat Howe accomplished twice.

 

In May 2015, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Michigan Governor Rick Snyder announced that a new international bridge spanning the Detroit River would be named in honor of Howe. The Gordie Howe International Bridge is set to open in 2020

Career Stats

Regular Season

Scoring
Season Age Tm Lg GP G A PTS Awards
1946-47 18 DET NHL 58 7 15 22
1947-48 19 DET NHL 60 16 28 44
1948-49 20 DET NHL 40 12 25 37 AS-2
1949-50 21 DET NHL 70 35 33 68 AS-2
1950-51 22 DET NHL 70 43 43 86 AS-1,Hart-3,Ross-1
1951-52 23 DET NHL 70 47 39 86 AS-1,Hart-1,Ross-1
1952-53 24 DET NHL 70 49 46 95 AS-1,Hart-1,Ross-1
1953-54 25 DET NHL 70 33 48 81 AS-1,Hart-4,Ross-1
1954-55 26 DET NHL 64 29 33 62
1955-56 27 DET NHL 70 38 41 79 AS-2,Hart-7
1956-57 28 DET NHL 70 44 45 89 AS-1,Hart-1,Ross-1
1957-58 29 DET NHL 64 33 44 77 AS-1,Hart-1
1958-59 30 DET NHL 70 32 46 78 AS-2,Hart-2
1959-60 31 DET NHL 70 28 45 73 AS-1,Hart-1
1960-61 32 DET NHL 64 23 49 72 AS-2,Hart-3
1961-62 33 DET NHL 70 33 44 77 AS-2,Hart-4
1962-63 34 DET NHL 70 38 48 86 AS-1,Hart-1,Ross-1
1963-64 35 DET NHL 69 26 47 73 AS-2,Hart-3
1964-65 36 DET NHL 70 29 47 76 AS-2,Hart-3
1965-66 37 DET NHL 70 29 46 75 AS-1,Hart-3
1966-67 38 DET NHL 69 25 40 65 AS-2,Hart-7
1967-68 39 DET NHL 74 39 43 82 AS-1,Hart-5
1968-69 40 DET NHL 76 44 59 103 AS-1,Hart-5
1969-70 41 DET NHL 76 31 40 71 AS-1,Hart-6
1970-71 42 DET NHL 63 23 29 52
1973-74 45 HSA WHA 70 31 69 100 ASW-1,Howe-1
1974-75 46 HSA WHA 75 34 65 99 ASW-1
1975-76 47 HSA WHA 78 32 70 102
1976-77 48 HSA WHA 62 24 44 68
1977-78 49 NEW WHA 76 34 62 96
1978-79 50 NEW WHA 58 19 24 43
1979-80 51 HAR NHL 80 15 26 41
25 yrs DET NHL 1687 786 1023 1809
4 yrs HSA WHA 285 121 248 369
2 yrs NEW WHA 134 53 86 139
1 yr HAR NHL 80 15 26 41
Career NHL 1767 801 1049 1850
Career WHA 419 174 334 508
Provided by Hockey-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 2/28/2016.

 

Playoffs

Scoring
Season Age Tm Lg GP G A PTS
1946-47 18 DET NHL 5 0 0 0
1947-48 19 DET NHL 10 1 1 2
1948-49 20 DET NHL 11 8 3 11
1949-50 21 DET NHL SC 1 0 0 0
1950-51 22 DET NHL 6 4 3 7
1951-52 23 DET NHL SC 8 2 5 7
1952-53 24 DET NHL 6 2 5 7
1953-54 25 DET NHL SC 12 4 5 9
1954-55 26 DET NHL SC 11 9 11 20
1955-56 27 DET NHL 10 3 9 12
1956-57 28 DET NHL 5 2 5 7
1957-58 29 DET NHL 4 1 1 2
1959-60 31 DET NHL 6 1 5 6
1960-61 32 DET NHL 11 4 11 15
1962-63 34 DET NHL 11 7 9 16
1963-64 35 DET NHL 14 9 10 19
1964-65 36 DET NHL 7 4 2 6
1965-66 37 DET NHL 12 4 6 10
1969-70 41 DET NHL 4 2 0 2
1973-74 45 HSA WHA 13 3 14 17
1974-75 46 HSA WHA 13 8 12 20
1975-76 47 HSA WHA 17 4 8 12
1976-77 48 HSA WHA 11 5 3 8
1977-78 49 NEW WHA 14 5 5 10
1978-79 50 NEW WHA 10 3 1 4
1979-80 51 HAR NHL 3 1 1 2
Career NHL 4 157 68 92 160
Career WHA 78 28 43 71
Provided by Hockey-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 2/28/2016.
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