HEYDAYS and GRAY DAYS
AT age 40, as he awaited a face-off against the Oakland Seals one night in November 1968, Howe was in the midst of a turbulent stretch in Detroit. The Red Wings made four fruitless trips to the Stanley Cup finals in six seasons and then failed to reach the playoffs for three straight years. Meanwhile Howe was becoming the NHL's alltime leader in goals scored, games played and consecutive seasons.
THROUGH THE LENS
LOGBOOK of A LIVING LEGEND
HOWE kept skating forward, and NHL records fell.
(1) The veteran lent an ear to Hank Bassen, the Wings' backup goalie, before a game with Montreal on Nov. 24, 1960; three days later Howe became the first NHL player to reach 1,000 regular-season points.
(2) Number 9 sized up Dick Cherry of the Flyers in November 1968 on his way to his first 100-point season.