An Aging Mr. Hockey (Now in Stories)

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An aging Gordie Howe, photographed on the bench while playing with the Houston Aeros at 49.

Howe, often referred to as Mr. Hockey is one of the greatest to have ever played the game. He had a long career with the NHL Detroit Red Wings but also came out of retirement and played for the Houston Aeros and New England Whalers of the WHA with his two sons. At the age of 51, he remarkably returned to the NHL for one season with the Hartford Whalers. Check him out on Wikipedia for details of his incredible career. Shot for Canadian Press.

In my 'Sports and Action' collection.
In my 'Photojournalism' collection.

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17 responses

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins (Deleted) gave props (12 Jan 2013):

    Down but not out. Collecting his thoughts. Nice catch James!

  • Lynn E. Harvey

    Lynn E. Harvey gave props (12 Jan 2013):

    Classic, poignant moment, for his great career!

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (12 Jan 2013):


  • Ted Anderson

    Ted Anderson (Deleted) gave props (12 Jan 2013):

    Yes, a classic, poignant image.

  • JamesHarmon McQuilkin

    JamesHarmon McQuilkin   gave props (12 Jan 2013):

    fab story and capture

  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon gave props (12 Jan 2013):

    Great capture of Mr. Hockey taking a breather.. a genuine hockey hero!

  • Jyri Vissak

    Jyri Vissak gave props (13 Jan 2013):

    Cool find!

  • Jason Platt

    Jason Platt gave props (13 Jan 2013):

    punishing sport with many injuries. just amazing he could still keep it going at that age!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (13 Jan 2013):

    Mr. Hockey had an impressive career by the way it sounds and it is nice that he continued it at an older age.

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (14 Jan 2013):

    The Babe Ruth of Hockey...wonderful shot...

  • Mark Rosenbaum

    Mark Rosenbaum   gave props (16 Jan 2013):

    I am reading a book about ESPN and they talk about Mr. Hockey and his 50th birthday as a player. That says it all.

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece gave props (16 Jan 2013):

    Excellent capture!!!

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (24 Jan 2013):

    very touching shot!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (12 Feb 2013):

    Wonderful Wilt entry!

  • dp *

    dp * gave props (17 May 2013):

    Fabulous entry!

  • Randolph Barry

    Randolph Barry (Deleted) said (16 Sep 2013):

    Super Shot! I love the Red Wings, so naturally I love Gordie. I want to read a biography on him soon.

  • Eric Ianuzi

    Eric Ianuzi (Deleted) gave props (16 Sep 2013):

    great image and POV

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