Blackhawks' Rocky Wirtz on the passing of NHL great Gordie Howe


Blackhawks' Rocky Wirtz on the passing of NHL great Gordie Howe

By: Brenna Carberry  

Gordie Howe, the talented and tough hockey great who set scoring records that stood for decades, has died. The man who will forever be known as 'Mr. Hockey' was 88 years old. 

His passing is not only a loss for the Detroit Red Wings, but for the entire sport of hockey. Chicago Blackhawks Chairman Rocky Wirtz today released the following statement on the passing of hockey legend Gordie Howe:

“The Chicago Blackhawks offer their heartfelt condolences to Gordie’s family and the entire Detroit Red Wings organization. There is no greater rivalry in hockey than the one between the Red Wings and the Blackhawks, and Gordie was a large part of that. The relationship between our family and Gordie is three generations long, and we are grateful for what he gave to our organization, the National Hockey League and the sport of hockey. There’s a reason why he is called “Mr. Hockey,” because of what he did for the game, and we stand with the entire sports world in mourning his loss.”

Renowned as one of the best hockey players of all time, Howe's blend of talent and grit helped him win four Stanley Cup trophies with the Detroit Red Wings, six Hart Trophies as NHL MVP, and six Ross Trophies as the league's top scorer. The Hockey Hall of Famer spent 32 seasons playing professional hockey - 25 with the Red Wings - and set NHL marks with 801 goals and 1,850 points that held up until Gretzky came along. 

He was both a finesse player and a brutal fighter on the ice, using his magnificent slap shot or throwing elbows to get even with opponents. He was so famously fierce that a "Gordie Howe Hat Trick" became synonymous with the combination of having a goal, an assist and a fight in one game.

Howe's legendary NHL career ended in 1980 at the age of 52. His name sits at the top of lists of hockey greats alongside players like Bobby Orr, Maurice Richard, Mario Lemieux, Guy Lafleur, Bobby Hull and Gretzky. Howe's impact on the game of hockey can be seen both on and off the ice, as his entrance into the NHL helped convert the sport from a Canadian game into a North American game. 

Take a look at some of Mr. Hockey's legendary career facts:

Gordie Howe

• Born March 31, 1928 

• Career numbers: 
o 1767 games played (most all-time) 
o 801 goals (2nd all-time) 
o 1049 assists (9th all-time) 
o 1850 points (4th all-time) 

• Inducted into Hockey Hall of Fame in 1972 

• Playoff Career: 
o 157 games played 
o 68 goals 
o 92 assists 
o 160 points 

• Known as "Mr. Hockey" 

• Won 4 Stanley Cups with Red Wings (1950, 1952, 1954, 1955) 

• Won 6 Hart Trophies (2nd all-time) and 6 Art Ross Trophies (T-2nd all-time) 

• Played in a record 23 All-Star games 

• 22 seasons with 20+ goals (most all-time) 

• Played 25 seasons for Detroit Red Wings from 1946 (age 18) to 1971 (age 43) 

• Played in WHA from 1973 to 1979 (Houston Aeros & New England Whalers) 

• Returned to NHL for the 1979-80 season at age 51 (finished at age 52). Tallied 41 points and 15 goals that season for the Hartford Whalers. He is still the oldest player to play in the NHL, playing his final game at age 52 and 11 days old. 
o Began career during Harry Truman administration and retired for good during Jimmy Carter's. Only player to play in 5 different decades. 

• Ironically, Howe only recorded a “Gordie Howe Hat Trick” twice in his career 
o A “Gordie Howe Hat Trick” includes a goal, an assist and a fight in the same game  

Blackhawks honor Dave Bolland with “One More Shift” Friday

Blackhawks honor Dave Bolland with “One More Shift” Friday

Former Blackhawks forward Dave Bolland will be honored with “One More Shift” on the ice at United Center this Friday prior to Hawks matchup against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Bolland will stand with the team during the National Anthem and skate on ice in full gear. Along with time on ice, the United Center will also honor Bolland by showcasing his career highlights throughout the arena.

The Blackhawks will be celebrating the 10 year anniversary of their 2010 Stanley Cup win at five games this season, coinciding with “One More Shift” nights to honor individual players.  The United Center Atrium doors will open at 4pm, giving fans a chance to look at the interactive photo opportunities and historical items on display. Bolland will participate in a Q&A in the atrium at 6:30 p.m. before he hits the ice.

Dave Bolland was drafted by the Blackhawks in 2004 and spent ten seasons of his NHL career in Chicago. Bolland played with the team during two Stanley Cup championships, scoring the game-winning goal in the final minute of Game 6 of the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals against the Bruins. Bolland played in all 22 playoff games in 2010, garnering 16 points (eight goals, eight assists) which shared fifth among Blackhawks skaters in the postseason. Bolland recorded his best season of his career during the 2008-09 campaign with the Blackhawks, skating in a career-high 81 regular-season games and recording career highs in goals (19), assists (28) and points (47).

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Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Blackhawks show urgency vs. the undefeated

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Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Blackhawks show urgency vs. the undefeated

The Blackhawks finally got on the board for the season and did so in front of the 500th consecutive capacity crowd at the United Center.

Pat Boyle, Jamal Mayers and Charlie Roumeliotis break down the impressive performance by the Blackhawks against the undefeated Edmonton Oilers and discuss how Jeremy Colliton’s message got through to Alex Nylander and the rest of the team.

Plus, after an impressive performance in net, should Corey Crawford get the next game vs. the Blue Jackets? And what does the future have in store for Kirby Dach? Jamal makes a bold prediction.

0:54 – Blackhawks finally show urgency in 2nd period

2:47 – Penalty kill starting to show some life

5:00 – Thoughts on the Shaw/Strome/Kane line

6:43 – Blackhawks eliminating some defensive breakdowns

9:23 – Big rebound performance from Corey Crawford

11:36 – Colliton’s message to Alex Nylander got through

15:21 – Brandon Saad has been a pleasant surprise early on

17:15 – Dominik Kubalik’s impressive performance

18:31 – Will Kirby Dach be with the Blackhawks all season?

22:42 – Does Crawford or Lehner start vs. the Blue Jackets?

Listen to the entire episode here or in the embedded player below.

Blackhawks Talk Podcast


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