Mark Howe: Proof That Mr. Hockey’s Genes Were Pretty Strong, After All

July 2nd, 2011 by Greg Eno Leave a reply »
Mark Howe and Jesus Christ have a lot in common; they’re both sons of gods who did pretty well in carrying on the family tradition.

On April 14, 1955, Gordie Howe skated off the ice at Detroit’s Olympia Stadium as a Stanley Cup champion for the fourth time with the Red Wings. One month and 14 days later, Gordie and Colleen Howe welcomed their second son, Mark, into the world.

Forty years and some change later, Mark Howe and his Red Wings teammates engaged in a futile Stanley Cup Finals series against the New Jersey Devils, won by New Jersey in four games. Unlike his dad, Mark Howe skated off the ice for the final time as a player, Cup-less for his career.

1955, the year in which the Howes added to their family, remained the last time the Red Wings won the Stanley Cup. Mark Howe retired shortly after the Cup Finals in 1995.

How can Mark Howe be a Hall of Fame hockey player, when he wasn’t even the best player in his own family?

Easy—when your dad is Mr. Hockey. Easy to be forgiven for coming up short when you’re part of such a lineage.

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