Gordon Howe Birthday & Fun Facts

Height, Age, Net Worth, Biography & More

Joan Agie
Sep 09, 2022 By Joan Agie
Originally Published on May 20, 2022
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Interesting facts about Gordie Howe!
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About Gordie Howe

Gordie Howe is a professional ice hockey player from Canada.
He is popularly called 'Mr. Hockey' and is also known to be the greatest ice hockey player of all time. Howe started playing the sport when he was just five years old!
Howe was ambidextrous, he is one of the few players who can use the hockey stick with both his right and left hand.
Gordie Howe is a legend of the game of hockey. He played for the Red Wings for 25 seasons, winning four Stanley Cups. He is the only player in NHL history to have played in 1,000 games and is the all-time leading scorer with 1,850 points. With the help of Sid Abel, Ted Lindsay, and Howe, the Detroit Red Wings became an invincible team!

Gordie Howe's Net Worth, Earnings & Spending Habits

What was Gordie Howe’s net worth?

Gordie Howe's net worth was $10 million.

How much did Gordie Howe earn per year?

The NHL legend used to make $31,000 per year, today that equals $273,654

Height, Age & Physical Attributes

How tall was Gordie Howe?

Gordie Howe was 6 ft (183 cm) tall.

How old was Gordie Howe?

The legend ice hockey player passed away on June 10, 2016. He was 88 years old.

Childhood And Education

Born in a farmhouse in Saskatchewan on March 31, 1928, Gordie is one of nine siblings in his family. During the Great Depression, Howe quit school to help his father with construction work. He left home at the age of 16 to pursue a career in hockey.

Family, Romance, And Relationships

Who was Gordie Howe’s partner?

Gordie and Colleen got married on April 15, 1953. They met at a bowling alley when they were teenagers. Later, a middle school, football stadium, and a campground were named after Gordie and Colleen Howe to celebrate the couple and Howe's victories.
The four-time Stanley Cup winner had four children with Colleen. Mark Howe and Marty Howe, two of his sons were his teammates in the World Hockey Association Houston Aeros as well as in Hartford Whalers. Mark continued playing Hartford Whalers and Red Wings, holding the longest known NHL career in the history of hockey.

Career And Professional Highlights

Best Known For…

The Canadian professional player is best known for playing 26 seasons for the Detroit Red Wings. He also made it to the list of '100 Greatest NHL Players'.

Charity Work

Howe founded the Gordie Howe Cares, an initiative that aims to provide education and support to caregivers who live with people who have mental illnesses such as dementia and Alzheimer's.

What awards did Gordie Howe win?

Art Ross Trophy is presented to the player who leads the National Hockey League in scoring during the regular season. It is one of the most prestigious awards in the NHL and is a symbol of excellence for offensive players. Many of the game's greatest players have won the trophy, including Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, and Jaromir Jagr. Howe himself won six Art Ross Trophies.
He also won several Hart Memorial Trophies during his hockey journey. Howe received the Gard L. Davidson award in 1974.

Other Interesting Gordie Howe Facts And Trivia

  • A goal, a fight, and an assist, all in one single game are still popularly known as the 'Gordie Howe hat tricks'.
  • Howe moved to play with WHA New England Whalers in 1977.
  • The Joe Louis Arena honored Gordon Howe by unveiling a statue of Howe in the concourse area of the arena.
  • Gordie was the only hockey player who played pro hockey with his sons on the same team.
  • He is also the only hockey player who played hockey in five different decades!
  • When Gordon was 14 years old, the New York Rangers told him that he would never become a successful hockey player.
  • Gordie Howe was dyslexic. He struggled while studying and was also bullied for it.
  • He retired from hockey when he was 52 years old, becoming the oldest NHL player in history.
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Gordon Howe Birthday & Fun Facts Facts

Birth Name

Gordon Howe

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183 cm


Ice Hockey Player

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Colleen Howe


Albert Howe


Vic Howe

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Written by Joan Agie

Bachelor of Science specializing in Human Anatomy

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Joan AgieBachelor of Science specializing in Human Anatomy

With 3+ years of research and content writing experience across several niches, especially on education, technology, and business topics. Joan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Human Anatomy from the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria, and has worked as a researcher and writer for organizations across Nigeria, the US, the UK, and Germany. Joan enjoys meditation, watching movies, and learning new languages in her free time.

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