Mr. Hockey becomes all-time leading goal scorer
Nov. 10, 1963
In his 18th season in the NHL, Gordie Howe already has more points (1,221) and more assists (676) than anyone in history. Tonight, he seeks to stand alone among goal scorers.
A month ago, Howe suffered a cut to an ankle and it has been affecting his performance. But the 35-year-old right wing doesn't look injured while killing a Detroit penalty in the second period against Montreal tonight.
Teammate Billy McNeill takes the puck inside the Red Wings' blue line and heads up ice, with Howe trailing and yelling at him to keep going. After getting inside Montreal's blue line, McNeill passes to Howe, who immediately fires. His black dart of a shot never gets more than an inch off the ice and whistles through the narrow gap between goalie Charley Hodge and the right post.
Mr. Hockey has his 545th goal, breaking his tie with Maurice "Rocket" Richard. The fans in Detroit's Olympia Stadium give their hero a 20-minute standing ovation. The goal itself leaves Howe, who had been feeling the pressure in his chase to pass The Rocket, feeling more relieved than elated.
"Now I can start enjoying life again," he says after Detroit's 3-0 win, looking at the mob of reporters and photographers who had been chronicling his every move.
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