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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 4,243,634 page views. His biography is available in 39 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 38 in 2019). Gordie Howe is the 3rd most popular hockey player (up from 4th in 2019), the 80th most popular biography from Canada (up from 98th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Canadian Hockey Player.

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Among hockey players, Gordie Howe ranks 3 out of 364Before him are Wayne Gretzky and Maurice Richard. After him are Viktor Tikhonov, Vladislav Tretiak, Valeri Kharlamov, Jaromír Jágr, Phil Esposito, Jiří Holeček, Bobby Hull, Stan Mikita, and Viacheslav Fetisov.

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Among people born in 1928, Gordie Howe ranks 116Before him are Takeshi Inoue, Ida Haendel, Alfonso de Portago, Elliott Erwitt, Roddy McDowall, and Dick York. After him are Hayden White, Malcolm Glazer, Jack Kevorkian, Georgy Dobrovolsky, Burt Bacharach, and Bo Diddley. Among people deceased in 2016, Gordie Howe ranks 96Before him are Lloyd Shapley, Michael Massee, Kenny Baker, Thomas Luckmann, Claude Gensac, and Henry Heimlich. After him are Garry Marshall, Chris Amon, Mohamed Abdelaziz, Bata Živojinović, Erich Rudorffer, and André Courrèges.

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In Canada

Among people born in Canada, Gordie Howe ranks 80 out of 1,350Before him are A. E. van Vogt (1912), Wayne Gretzky (1961), Rachel McAdams (1978), Yvonne De Carlo (1922), Rick Moranis (1953), and Maurice Richard (1921). After him are Victor Garber (1949), Reginald Fessenden (1866), Simon Newcomb (1835), Marie-Louise Meilleur (1880), Michael Ironside (1950), and Justin Bieber (1994).


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