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Gordie Howe
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Gordie Howe

Hartford Whalers

A bad wrist ended Mr. Hockey's 25 years with the Red Wings and planted him in Detroit's front office in 1971. A year later, he was back on the ice with sons Mark and Marty, skating for the Houston Aeros of the new World Hockey Association. When the Aeros folded in 1977, Howe signed with the New England Whalers, who were absorbed by the NHL two years later. At the spry age of 51, he played his final season, appearing in all 80 games, scoring 15 goals and helping the Whalers make the playoffs.

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