Gordie Howe Conference
Gordie Howe – Gordie Howe, also known as “Mr. Hockey” played 26 NHL seasons during his career, mostly with the Red Wings and still holds the record for most seasons and games played by any NHL player. He once was a holder of many other records until “The Great One” Wayne Gretzky came along. Howe is considered to be the most complete NHL player to ever play the game and according to Wayne Gretzky, the greatest player ever to lace up the skates. He won the Art Ross Trophy 6 times, the Hart Trophy 6 times, the Stanley Cup 4 times and played in the NHL in four different decades from the 1940s through the 1970s. He even had the opportunity to lace up the skates with his sons which is one of the moments he treasures the most. The NHL would eventually coin the term “Gordie Howe Hatrick” in honor of Mr. Hockey. He ranks 2nd all-time in goals among NHL players. Howe was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1972, The World Hockey Association Hall of Fame in 2010, and Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in 1975.
Wayne Gretzky Conference
Wayne Gretzky – Wayne Gretzky is known by all as “The Great One” and is the greatest NHL player of all time. He played 20 seasons in the NHL for four different teams. He tallied more assists than any other player scored total points and leads all NHL players in goals. Wayne is the only player to total over 200 points in a single season and he did it four different times, and this record may never be broken. At the time of his retirement in 1999, he held 61 NHL records: 40 regular season records, 15 playoff records, and 6 All-Star records. Considered to be one of the smartest players ever, he was able to anticipate where the puck was going to be and was always able to execute the right move at the right time. He played a major role with the expansion and promotion of hockey in California when he played for the Kings and won the Stanley Cup four times with the Oilers in the 1980s. He was immediately inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame as the waiting period was waived for him and the league retired his #99. One of his most famous quotes has been, “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”