Playing with dad | The Journal of Montreal

Oddly enough, he died a few days before Father’s Day in 2016, but Gordie Howe will have achieved what no other father in history has achieved. With not one but his two sons, Mark and Marty, Gordie Howe played in both the World Association and National Leagues, a true and unique fatherly achievement.

He had played in Detroit for 25 years before it was considered a well-deserved retirement, but two years later he stunned everyone by announcing what appeared to be a publicity stunt. He showed how much he was an extraordinary, extraordinary hockey player.

Since we in Quebec worshiped Maurice Richard and Jean Béliveau, we tended not to recognize the dominance of Gordie, a talented and very strong, robust man who played with an exaggeratedly short racquet but also with surprising tops. Gordie Howe, 2,000+ points and four Stanley Cups, broke his jaw and he flinched from no one.

He also scored, collected an assist and struggled twice in his first-ever National League game against Toronto. History has it that in his very first game against the Canadiens at the Forum, he “froze” Richard in one fell swoop.


However, in the summer of 1973, after two years of inactivity, Gordie Howe announced that he was returning to play with the WHA’s Houston Eros. A million dollar deal for 5 years and the bombshell is he will be playing with his two sons Mark and Marty, two defenders signed for $600,000 each, same contract length.

It seemed real to kid, but it will not be. Gordie made that comeback at the age of 45 and envisioned he had a 100-point season and was recognized as the league’s Most Valuable Player, earning the Gary Davidson Trophy. And his son Mark is voted Rookie of the Year.

We told ourselves that the WHA was not as strong as the National League and that the Howes could not repeat the feat in the old circuit, the NHL.

Six years later, the three Howes joined the Hartford Whalers in their first season in the National League.

Papa Gordie, then 51, was having a season of 15 goals, 26 assists for 41 points in 80 games, and he still had gas in his elbows. Sonny Mark had then begun to show that he would be a top defender in the league. He had a 16-year career in the NHL and was inducted into the Hall of Fame like a father after ending his career with the Detroit Red Wings, where his father started 49 years earlier.

Marty, a defenseman like his brother, hasn’t played 200 National League games, and some will recall being drafted in 1974 by the Montreal Canadiens, with whom he never played.

Gordie Howe, a single hockey dad, right? Happy Father’s Day !

From the enclave

  • Inevitably, the number of bike rides will surely increase in his new life. To cheer, Pierre Bruneaufor these 50 years of important communication and I wish you many more kilometers on the race track.
  • Marcel Bonin is 90 years old and surprisingly alert on the internet. Marcel plays and searches a database of 18,000 photos. Phenomenal, this man, who notably played with Gordie Howe, Jean Béliveau and Maurice Richard in the 1950s.
  • returning from a trip to Mexico, Dominique Ducharme gradually recovers from the cruel discharge he suffered at the Canadiens. What a solid man and he will recover, Coach at heart.
  • Lucien Deblois, he returns from Europe. “Lu” has played 1000 professional games. 993 total in the NHL and 7 in New Haven, in the American League.
  • Very rare, Corey Perry is in the Stanley Cup Finals for the third year in a row, each time with a different team: Dallas, last year Montreal and now Tampa Bay.
  • A glue for you. Against which team Tim Raines Did he pass his 800?e steal a career goal? It was against the Expos. In fact, in 1998 Tim returned with the Yankees of New York.
  • During the series of the century in 1972, Serge Savard was wearing jersey number 23. It was Jean Ratelle wearing number 18. Guy Lapointe was number 25 because Brad Park had chosen number 5. seniority required.
  • Did you know that vic howe, Gordie’s brother, who played 33 NHL games with the New York Rangers in the 1950s? 3 goals in total.
  • Louis Alexandre Pitre, chief professional of the Pinegrove club, received with great class the guests of the tournament for the Fondation de l’Hôpital Charles-Le Moyne, which brought in no less than 300,000 US dollars. What a beautiful day under the honorary presidency of Ron Fournier!
  • the 42e Omnium André Chalut donated $73,000 to the Oncology Department of the Hôpital de Joliette. Bravo, Alain and Alexandre (son and grandson), year after year!
  • Renovation works at the Saint-Jean-de-Matha golf club. We just invested 1.3 million and it’s not over yet says the owner Real volleys.

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