Howe last played a game 16 years ago, but finally got the call that will send him to Toronto earlier this week. Joining Howe in the 2011 class will be former Dallas players Ed Belfour and Joe Nieuwendyk, along with journeyman forward Doug Gilmour.â†µ
Howe started his career in the World Hockey Association, where he spent his first few seasons playing alongside his father and brother Marty with the Houston Aeros. The Howe trio led Houston to WHA titles in 1974 and 1975 before taking their talents to the New England Whalers in 1977. The trio played one more year together in 1980-81 when the Whalers were one of four teams to survive the NHL-WHA merger.â†µ
Howe moved on from the Whalers to join the Philadelphia Flyers, where he spent the next ten seasons. In 1992-93, he joined the Red Wings, the team that his father brought to prominence in the 1950s. Howe played his final three years in Detroit, accumulating 197 goals and 545 assists in his NHL career. Howe also had 208 goals and 296 assists in six WHA seasons.â†µ
Howe never won the Stanley Cup as a player, but finally found success as Detroit's director of pro scouting. Howe won four Stanley Cups in 1997, 1998, 2002 and 2008 in that role.