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Howe hops over Horton

From the frozen ponds of rural Saskatchewan to hockey's big league in the Motor City, Gordie Howe was perhaps the game's most dominant player of his era. From 1946 to 1971 he was the star right winger for the Detroit Red Wings, setting league records and winning the Stanley Cup four times. CBC Archives presents a selection of clips about the man fans know as "Mr. Hockey."

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Will the Stanley Cup come out tonight? It's Game 6 in the finals between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Detroit Red Wings, who are leading three games to two. Red Wing Gordie Howe has led his team in scoring this season, and he's not ready to disappoint the hometown crowd. In this clip from CBC Sports, the game is tied at 2-2 in the third period. Howe glides past Toronto's Tim Horton - attempting a block after taking a spill - to score on the Leafs' Johnny Bower. 
• Thanks to a heroic overtime goal by Bobby Baun, the Toronto Maple Leafs won the game, forcing Game 7. The Leafs won that game, too, and with it the Stanley Cup.

• Gordie Howe won four Stanley Cups with the Detroit Red Wings, in 1950, 1952, 1954 and 1955.

• After two years off the ice, Howe came back to play four seasons with the Houston Aeros of the World Hockey Association. He then played three more seasons with the WHA's New England Whalers (they joined the NHL as the Hartford Whalers in 1979).

• At almost 70 years old, Howe played professional hockey for the last time in 1997 in a single game for the Detroit Vipers of the International Hockey League.

Medium: Television
Broadcast Date: April 23, 1964
Program: Hockey Night in Canada
Duration: 01:11

Last updated: June 13, 2012

Page consulted on April 25, 2014

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