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Gordie Howe
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Gordie Howe

A chronic wrist problem forced Mr. Hockey to retire in 1971 after an illustrious 25 years with the Detroit Red Wings, but he returned two years later to play with his sons Mark and Marty for Houston Aeros of the newly formed WHA. The trio won two league titles before moving on to Hartford. Gordie was 51 when the Whalers were absorbed by the NHL in 1979 and he scored 15 goals in 80 games while helping them make the playoffs. After the season, he retired but took the ice again in 1997 for one shift with the IHL's Detroit Vipers... at age 69.

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