Rare SI Photos of Gordie Howe

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Text: Colin Becht, SI.com
Photo: Hy Peskin/Sports Illustrated

1954

Mr. Hockey turns 86 on March 31, 2014, yet it has been only 34 years since he last skated in the NHL. To mark the legendary right wing's birthday, SI.com has compiled photos from throughout his 32-year Hall of Fame career.

Here, Howe (center) sits next to Red Wings teammate Red Kelly during a game against the New York Rangers in December 1954. Although just 26, Howe was already in his ninth NHL season. Detroit won its second straight Stanley Cup that season as Howe made his eighth straight All-Star team. In all, he won four Stanley Cups and made 23 NHL All-Star teams during his career.

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