The longest NHL career belongs to none
other than Mr. Hockey himself, Gordie Howe.
Gordie Howe entered the NHL in 1946 at the age of 18, playing for the Detroit
Red Wings where he stayed until the end of the 1970-71 season.
Gordie came back for the 1973-74 season to play for the newly formed WHA league
with the Houston Aeros where he spent 4 years and 2 more with the New England
After the folding of
the WHA Gordie Howe played one more year in the NHL with the Hartford Whalers.
In total Gordie Howe played in 5 different decades, his
career spanning 26 seasons in the NHL and another 6 in the WHA.
He played a total of 1,767 regular season NHL games and
2,186 combined NHL/WHA games.
Gordie Howe scored 801 regular season goals and 1,049
assists for a total of 1,850 points during his NHL career.
He also played in 157 NHL playoff games where he
recorded another 68 goals and 92 assists for an extra 160 points.
Gordie Howe Rookie Card
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