Gordie Wayne Howe was a special talent and a special person, but a lot of people were not ready to embrace his unique talent.
He was a unique player.
Gordie was born in Hamilton, Ont.
on Nov. 19, 1954.
The young Howe grew up in a household where sports were important to everyone.
His father, the legendary former Canadian Hockey League star Gordie, was a longtime sports agent and a big supporter of the league.
Gordy went to the University of Toronto and then the University.
The hockey team, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, went to two Grey Cups.
Gordies dad also coached at the University, and Gordie became the star forward for the Ticats and played for the U.S. National Team in the 1960s and 1970s.
Howe played for six NHL teams, scoring 22 goals and collecting 74 assists.
He won the Art Ross Trophy twice as a member of the Detroit Red Wings in 1968.
Hockey was Howe’s passion.
He wanted to be a professional hockey player, but his dad kept him from pursuing that.
Howe was drafted in the sixth round by the Detroit Rangers in 1968 and played three seasons for the club.
He returned to Hamilton as a free agent in 1969, but he did not sign a contract until he was 32.
Howe had been a fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs, so his family bought a $10,000 season ticket and began traveling to Toronto for a few games each year.
Howe loved the Maple Leafs and his hometown.
He and his wife, Linda, have three sons and two daughters.
When he became a free-agent in 1975, Howe said he decided to take a gamble by signing with the Los Angeles Kings.
The Kings offered him a five-year, $42 million deal, and Howe took the chance.
He spent the next five seasons with the Kings, scoring 37 goals and 108 assists for 142 points in 173 games.
His best season came in 1980-81 when he finished second in scoring with 39 goals and 76 assists.
Howe and the Kings won the Stanley Cup in 1988.
Howe won two more Stanley Cups, and he finished his career with 675 goals and 861 assists for 1,967 points.
In 1992, he became the first person to score a goal in four straight games, in a 7-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens at the Coliseum.
He had two more Cups, a record for a forward.
In 1997, Howe played in his 11th All-Star Game, which was held in St. Louis.
He scored five goals and added five assists in the first round against the Montreal Penguins.
He also won the game’s MVP award.
After playing in the All-Stars game in 2004, Howe joined the Stanley Trophy winners.
The year after, he won the Hart Trophy as the NHL’s top rookie.
His rookie season was a disaster.
He failed to score more than three goals in four of his first nine games, and his team was swept in the Western Conference Final.
Howe finished the year with five goals, 18 points and an NHL-leading 66 penalty minutes.
In 2008, he signed with the Detroit Lions, where he played two more seasons.
The Lions won the Super Bowl the next season.
He signed with another NHL team, and Detroit signed him to a four-year contract worth $37 million in 2009.
Howe scored 29 goals and 78 assists in his final season with the Lions.
He led the league in scoring and was the MVP.
In 2014, he retired from the game.
He has two sons, Michael, now an analyst for ESPN and Wayne, a longtime Detroit Lions broadcaster.
Gordo Howe was born to Canadian parents in Hamilton and moved with his family to Victoria, B.C., at the age of 2.
He attended high school in Victoria and was named to the Victoria Tigers varsity soccer team.
He played hockey in junior hockey and high school hockey, and was drafted by the Toronto Marlies in 1959.
In his first season with Toronto, Howe had 17 goals and 51 assists for 86 points in 80 games.
He made his NHL debut that year, and after two more appearances, he was traded to the Edmonton Oilers.
He earned an invitation to play for the NHL and played five seasons in the NHL, scoring 32 goals and 102 assists for 173 points in 198 games.
The Oilers finished the season with a 29-34-7 record and lost the Stanley Championship in his first year in the League.
Howe went on to play in the World Championships for Canada and the World Hockey Championships for the United States.
Howe spent two seasons with Toronto before joining the New York Islanders as a trade chip in 1969.
Howe returned to the team as a restricted free agent on Jan. 7, 1970.
He appeared in 19 games for the Islanders that season and had nine goals and 12 assists for 17 points.
The Islanders finished their season with an 18-20-7 mark and were swept by the New Jersey Devils in