100th anniversary of the NHL - November 20, 2017: Gordie Howe (1928-2016) - Howe played 25 seasons with the Detroit Red Wings, retiring in 1971. He would later come out of retirement to play alongside his sons for the Houston Aeros of the World Hockey Association. In 1979-80 "Mr. Hockey" found his way back in the NHL playing for the Hartford Whalers. He retired after that season at the age of 52. Wayne Gretzky regards Howe as the greatest player who ever played,
His longevity, II Howe played one game (one shift) for the International Hockey League’s Detroit Vipers in 1997 at age 69. In doing so, Howe became the only player to play a professional hockey game in six different decades. His rookie season was in 1946-47 with the Wings. After a brief retirement, Howe moved on to the Houston Aeros in 1973 and eventually hung up his skates in 1980 after a campaign with the NHL’s Hartford Whalers. His last season in Hartford made him the oldest player to…
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Slowed by injuries and age, Bobby Hull played only a few games in the WHA's final season of 1979. However, after the 1979 merger of the two leagues (including the Jets) and reportedly in financial straits, Hull came out of retirement to play once more for the NHL Jets. He played in eighteen games before being traded to the Hartford Whalers for future considerations, and played effectively in nine games and three playoff games before retiring once more.