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Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Yearbook, Nov. 27: Gordie Howe's day

By Patrick Dorsey

Nov. 27, 1960 and 1965: Gordie Howe must have had a thing for late November. On Nov. 26, 1961, he played in his 1,000th game -- a nice enough milestone, but hardly a significant as the two that happened one day later, date-wise.

On this day 52 years ago, the Detroit Red Wings right wing became the NHL's first player to 1,000 points, sealing his history with an assist during a 2-0 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Then, five years to the day later, Howe netted his 600th career goal -- also a first for hockey (only Maurice Richard had reached 500 before him).

Howe is now third all-time in points, behind Wayne Gretzky and Mark Messier, and second in goals behind -- well, take a guess.

Gordie Howe and coach Sid Abel with the Detroit Red Wings in 1965.
Howe, with coach Sid Abel.
Gordie Howe with the Detroit Red Wings in the 1960s.
Howe, scoring while with the Red Wings in the 1960s.
The Gordie Howe banner at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.
Howe's banner at Joe Louis Arena.