The Hockey Hall of Fame finally opened its doors to Mark Howe. His exceptional talent in both the WHA and NHL–as both a forward and defenseman–had long earned him the honor, but the call didn’t come until yesterday.
I sent an email asking if Jim Gregory thought he was electing Gordie (thus allowing Mark to get enough votes), but no one has hit reply.
Howe overcame two monumental problems to enter the Hall: first, he was never on a Stanley team, and second he never played for the Leafs. It should be considered an enormous accomplishment by Howe.
Mark Howe was a wonderful player over many years. His boxcars are tough to measure because he played forward so well before becoming an elite defenseman. That alone should have caught someone’s eye, but the HHOF has an excellent cafeteria and traffic in the area is noisy.
Back to the quiet room, Jim. Well done! Next year, let’s get Ron Ellis and Larry Hillman in there. Leafs won a Stanley in 1967 and don’t have enough representation in the Hall.
- Member of the 1972 U.S. Olympic team at age 16.
- Outstanding baseball player (a catcher).
- Tremendous golfer.
- Played on Memorial Cup winner 1972-73
- Stafford Smythe Memorial Trophy (Memorial Cup Tournament MVP)(1973)
- WHA Second All-Star Team (1974)
- Lou Kaplan Trophy (WHA Rookie of the Year)(1974)
- WHA First All-Star Team (1979)
- NHL First All-Star Team (1983,1986,1987)
- NHL Plus/Minus Leader (1986) (+85)
- Played in NHL All-Star Game (1981,1983,1986,1988)
- Assisted on Gordie Howe’s final NHL goal in Hartford’s playoff game at Montreal on April 9, 1980
- Was Norris Trophy runner-up and Masterton Trophy finalist in 1982-83.
- Was Norris Trophy finalist and Hart Trophy finalist in 1985-86.
- Led all NHL defensemen with plus-57 rating in 1986-87.
- Was Norris Trophy finalist in 1986-87.
- At pro level, began playing defense in 1976-77 but did not play defense exclusively until he entered the NHL (I believe he played some LW in 82-83).
- +14 in two playoff seasons and +54 overall for his measured NHL career.
Welcome to the HHOF, Mark Howe. It’s a better institute now that you’re inside.