Gordie Howe

1928 - 2016

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Gordon Howe (March 31, 1928 – June 10, 2016) was a Canadian professional ice hockey player. From 1946 to 1980, he played 26 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) and six seasons in the World Hockey Association (WHA); his first 25 seasons were spent with the Detroit Red Wings. Nicknamed "Mr. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Gordie Howe has received more than 3,436,688 page views. His biography is available in 38 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 36 in 2019). Gordie Howe is the 4th most popular hockey player (down from 3rd in 2019), the 98th most popular biography from Canada (down from 96th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Canadian Hockey Player.

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Among hockey players, Gordie Howe ranks 4 out of 358Before him are Viktor Tikhonov, Maurice Richard, and Wayne Gretzky. After him are Valeri Kharlamov, Vladislav Tretiak, Henri Richard, Phil Esposito, Stan Mikita, Jaromír Jágr, Bobby Hull, and Viacheslav Fetisov.

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Among people born in 1928, Gordie Howe ranks 153Before him are Héctor Rial, Malcolm Glazer, Ulric Neisser, Peter Naur, Petr Ginz, and Vidal Sassoon. After him are Muhammad Sayyid Tantawy, Ardico Magnini, Luigi Colani, Sid Watkins, Anne Sexton, and Al Lettieri. Among people deceased in 2016, Gordie Howe ranks 120Before him are Andrew Grove, Peter Vaughan, Michel Rocard, Rudi Altig, Peter Naur, and Peter Shaffer. After him are Franco Citti, Abe Vigoda, Rudolf E. Kálmán, Gato Barbieri, Alexandre Astruc, and Ferdinand Kübler.

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In Canada

Among people born in Canada, Gordie Howe ranks 98 out of 1,130Before him are Simon Newcomb (1835), Eric McCormack (1963), Denny Doherty (1940), Denys Arcand (1941), Deanna Durbin (1921), and Denis Villeneuve (1967). After him are Norman Bethune (1890), Bruce Greenwood (1956), William B. Davis (1938), Katheryn Winnick (1977), Linda Evangelista (1965), and Myron Scholes (1941).


Among hockey players born in Canada, Gordie Howe ranks 3Before him are Maurice Richard (1921) and Wayne Gretzky (1961). After him are Henri Richard (1936), Phil Esposito (1942), Bobby Hull (1939), Georges Vézina (1887), Mario Lemieux (1965), Bobby Orr (1948), Guy Lafleur (1951), Howie Morenz (1902), and Marcel Dionne (1951).