So it was definitely exciting for me on Tuesday when I heard the news that Mark Howe was elected as part of the 2011 Hockey Hall of Fame class of 4 along with Joe Nieuwendyk, Ed Belfour and Doug Gilmour. And as you’ll hear in the our interview, Mark is the only one of the foursome to not have won a Stanley Cup and of course that still bothers him to this day.
That just means that Mark had to get to ‘The Hall’ via a different route. Like starting out as a forward playing on a WHA line In Houston and New England with his Hall of Fame father Gordie and brother Marty (winning 2 Avco Cups together in 6 WHA seasons) and then later switching to defense and finished with 197 goals and 742 points in 929 NHL games with the Hartford Whalers (3 years), Philadelphia Flyers (10 years) and Detroit Red Wings (final 3 seasons).
Mark is now in his 19th year as the Detroit Red Wings Director of Scouting and is already a U.S. Hockey Hall of Famer and is in the Flyers HOF as well. And now he tells me that there’s a 4th Hall of Fame announcement coming next week (and it’s up to you to guess where?). He also surprised me with another announcement–he’s about to become a Grandpa this winter for a first time too! So everything’s coming up roses for the Howe family and what a night it’ll be on November 14 in Toronto when hopefully Mark will don his now 83 year old Dad’s Red Wings #9 for the first and only time for all to celebrate one of hockey’s greatest families. And if you ever met any of them…they are all worthy of the people Hall of Fame.
Mark Howe with Ted Sobel: