On today’s date in 1928, Gordie Howe was born in Floral, Sask.
Howe was one of six legendary Canadian hockey players featured in a six-stamp souvenir sheet, commemorating the 50th National Hockey League (NHL) All-Star Game, held Feb. 6, 2000, in Toronto.
Each 46-cent stamp measured 42 mm x 42 mm, with the sheet measuring 160 mm x 204 mm. Printed on Tullis Russell Coatings paper, the sheet also featured Wayne Gretzky, Maurice Richard, Doug Harvey, Bobby Orr and Jacques Plante.
Howe was born on March 31, 1928, at a farmhouse in Floral, Saskatchewan, where he grew up with eight other siblings. Eventually, he would grow up to play for the Detroit Red Wings and Hartford Whalers of the NHL and the Houston Aeros and New England Whalers of the World Hockey Association. He’s the only player to have competed in the NHL in six different decades (the 1940s through 1980s and again in 1997). A four-time Stanley Cup champion with the Red Wings, he won six Hart Trophies as the league’s most valuable player and six Art Ross Trophies as the leading scorer. He was the inaugural recipient of the NHL Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008.
On Oct. 26, 2014, Howe suffered a major stroke, from which he is continuing to recover.