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HOCKEY LEGEND GORDIE HOWE WAS A GAME-CHANGER, AND HE PROVED IT 'ON THIS DAY' THREE SEPARATE TIMES

As a "here and now" sort of guy, personally, I've never been a huge fan of the "on this day in hockey history" stories. Not because the history of the game is not important to me, but more because there aren't many truly phenomenal "on this day" stories that grab my attention. This, however, is not one of those days - because on this day, Mr. Hockey himself, the great Gordie Howe experienced a trilogy of elite hockey accomplishments.

First, on this day in 1960, Howe made NHL history by becoming the first player to ever reach the 1,000 points milestone. Though there have been 89 other NHL players to surpass this threshold since, there's a certain level of respect an admiration that you have to have for the first one to get there. As one of the most beloved hockey figures of all time, Howe certainly has those things, and not only from his adoring fans, but from his peers as well.


Next, on this day in 1965, Howe continued to build on his legacy by becoming the first player in NHL history to reach 600 career goals. With this milestone, Mr. Hockey is in far more elite company, being one of just 20 players in NHL history to reach the 600-goal plateau and one of only two players to ever find the back of the net 800 times - the other, of course, being "The Great One", Wayne Gretzky, who still holds the record at 894.




Finally, in his most impressive showing on this day in hockey history, to cap off the trilogy, Howe registered his 1700th career NHL point back in 1969, becoming the first player to reach that mark. Howe eventually finished his career with 1850 career NHL points, good for 4th on the all-time points leaderboard.


As the hockey's all-time leader in games played with 1767, Howe truly was one of the best to ever play the game. You don't earn a nickname like Mr. Hockey without deserving it.
MIKE ARMENTI
NOVEMBER 27, 2020  (15H25)