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American Howe to Hockey Hall

08/01/2011, 2:30pm EDT
By USA Hockey

American Mark Howe joins Ed Belfour, Doug Gilmour and Joe Nieuwendyk in the Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2011, it was announced Tuesday in Toronto

Born May 28, 1955 in Detroit, Michigan, Mark Howe inherited the hockey bloodline from his father, Honoured Member Gordie Howe. The thrill of Gordie's life was being able to play on a line with two of his sons, Mark and Marty, while playing in the World Hockey Association with the Houston Aeros.

Mark played minor hockey in Detroit with the Tier II Junior Red Wings. In 1970-71, at the age of 15, he collected 107 points to lead the Western Ontario Junior 'A' Hockey League in scoring. A knee injury knocked him out of the first three months of the next season, so when he had regained his health, he joined the U.S. national team and helped the squad win a silver medal at the Winter Olympic Games in Sapporo, Japan.

Mark's NHL career consisted of 929 regular season games in which he scored 197 goals and contributed 545 assists for 742 points. In post-season play, he scored 10 goals and 51 assists for 61 points in 101 games. In the WHA, he played 426 regular season games, scoring 208 times and assisting on 296 others for 504 points. In the playoffs, he added 41 goals and 51 assists for 92 points in 74 games.

In all he appeared in games for the Hartford Whalers, Philadelphia Flyers and Detroit Red Wings.

Upon retiring, Mark accepted a role in the Red Wings front office and soon began scouting and working with the young defencemen in the minors while making occasional public appearances on behalf of the club. He repeated family history as his name was engraved on the Stanley Cup as the club's pro scout for the back-to-back championship seasons in 1997 and 1998. His name also appears on the Red Wing's 2002 Stanley Cup engraving.

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