Number 9 - Gordie Howe

Gordie Howe's acheivements in professional hockey were enough to give him the nod over Ted Williams, who could arguably be considered the best here (his website even has a Number 9 store.) Gordie Howe is second or third in a multitude of professional hockey statistical categories, and that is only because the "Great One" is currently first in those categories. Howe retired as the leader. In fact, Gordie's nickname is "Mr. Hockey." He is by far the best athlete to ever wear an NHL jersey with the number 9 on it. Here are some notable Howe statistics:

  • Second most NHL regular season goals: 801
  • Second most NHL & WHA regular season points: 2,358
  • Most NHL regular season games played: 1,767
  • Most NHL seasons played: 26
  • Most NHL & WHA regular season goals: 975
  • Most decades played in by a professional athlete: 6
  • Finished in top five in scoring for a record 20 straight seasons

Did you know....Gordie Howe played professional hockey at age 70? He played one shift in 1997 for the Detroit Vipers of the IHL. (photo courtesy of

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  1. Misopogon9:09 AM

    Gordie's a pick to be proud of -- after all, he's the reason Gretzky wore 99. Then again, if you wanted to score points with your better half, Mia Hamm is also worthy.

  2. how can you leave out ted williams?

  3. What about Ronaldo?

  4. Gordie is a legend, I understand a Ted Williams argument, but he never won a title, the war hurt his numbers, don't forget Bobby Hull and Rocket Richard

    Gordie still takes the cake!

    1. Anonymous6:35 PM

      The war hurt his numbers because he was fighting for his country It was his prime years when he was averaging 50 homers a year and if he played perhaps Barry Bonds would still be chasing him. Ted was also a legend so don't sell him short. Perhaps this one shpould end in a tie!

  5. Anonymous4:30 AM

    Don't forget the Gordie Howe Hat trick

  6. Lordfrench@aol.com1:48 AM

    Gordie in a runaway. He was arguably the greatest North American athlete of the 20th Century, rivaling Jim Thorpe. Played pro baseball (asked to sign as power hitting third baseman by the Yankees) during NHL off-seasons in early '50s to earn extra $$. Taught golf at local country club as a teenager, swinging from both left and right sides, with standard 300-yard drives. Considered greatest heavyweight boxer in NHL fight history. The best all around hockey player of all time (offense, defense, penalty kill, 4 Cups, all-time strongest forward, 6MVPs, ambidextrous, never lost a fight at NHL level) and played in NHL from age 18 to age 52, in last years alongside his two sons. Had best statistical NHL season at age 41. AND his greatest natural sport as a kid and teen was actually soccer. A phenom for all-time.

  7. Anonymous11:28 PM

    Ted Williams?

  8. Anonymous11:28 PM

    Um Ted Williams????

  9. Tough to put Gordie ahead of the best hitter baseball ever saw in Ted Williams.

    Also Ronaldo and Alan Shearer are both good picks.

  10. when the sporting news put out their best by number book... they decided to put Gordie Howe, Maurice Richard, and Bobby Hull up there as 9s and call them the Hockey Trinity... I know 99 has been retired by the NHL as a league, but heck i would retire 9 if i were them...

    1. Hockey Trinity
    2. Ted Williams

  11. Rob Kennedy8:33 PM

    The Rocket, Maurice Richard. One of the most important athletes who ever lived.

  12. Anonymous10:25 PM

    hey! what about women....MIA HAMM!

  13. Anonymous7:23 PM

    Howe is good. what about The Rocket. Maurice Richard.

  14. Anonymous12:20 PM

    This one should be a tie between Howe and Williams.

  15. Anonymous3:36 PM

    This should be Howe, they got this one right (unlike #4).

    Gordie Howe was top-5 in NHL scoring for TWENTY consecutive years. Think about that.

    How many players even play 20 years in any sport? Now imagine they were challenging for the scoring race or batting title (or whatever) the entire time without a single off year. Two straight decades without a single off year or injury, all while playing perhaps the most well-rounded hockey of any player ever (offense, defense, physical play, etc).

    Gordie Howe scored 100 points at age 40. He won the WHA MVP at age 45. He played his last NHL game at age 52. He played in his first NHL allstar game in 1948 and his last in 1980. Gordie Howe played NHL games in 5 different decades.

    Only Wayne Gretzky has more scoring titles and MVP's. And Howe is tied with Gretzky for the most times leading the playoffs in scoring.

    Gordie Howe, no doubt about it.

  16. Howe could you not pick Ted Williams? Howe is a great choice and I will agree with you. Drew Brees and Bob Pettit bring up the rear.

  17. The Golden Jet.
    Every player in the NHL should cut him a check for 10%. I would say give him a check, but they couldn't catch him to hit him, if they did, they'd bounce right off.

  18. Except Ted Williams is the best baseball player of all time He is the "Greatest one"

  19. Hirome10:08 PM

    Wow, you've gotta be a Yankee fan.
    I haven't been following hockey much, so I'll leave it to the benefit of the doubt though.

  20. Not a Yankee fan by any means. Actually far from it. But, I could see why you'd think so. The Yanks have so many great players historically. And yes, I did consider Ted Williams for this slot, but after looking at Gordie Howe's numbers, I had to give it to him.

  21. Anonymous4:22 PM

    Reggie Jackson... wait to many Yankee fans to remember when he played in Oakland lol

  22. Anonymous1:28 PM

    What about Drew Brees?

  23. Anonymous5:58 PM

    Can I make a suggestion? Howe wore #17 his entire rookie year, then was switched to number 9 at the start of his second year after a veteran player left the team........why not put Howe down as the best under 17(replacing Dizzy Dean) and put Williams down under #9? They both deserve to be honored in my opinion.

  24. Anonymous12:20 PM

    I agree, No. 9 will always be Gordie Howe, although one can make a strong argument for Ted Williams. But for me, No. 9 will always be Roger Maris.

    1. Anonymous2:45 PM

      Roger Maris was my childhood hero, while Mantle got all the fame, I appreciated Roger's less flamboyant nature. A humble hero!!


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