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|1974 NHL DRAFT PICK|
No. 51 overall by Montreal Canadiens
Born February 18, 1954
|BEFORE THE DRAFT|
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan (USA)
PRE-DRAFT AWARDS AND HONORS
WHA Avco Trophy: 1974 (Houston)
Memorial Cup: 1973 (Toronto)
U.S. National Junior A Championship 1969, 1970 (Detroit)
U.S. National Jr. A Championships All-Star: 1969 (Detroit)
SOJHL All-Star Second Team: 1970-71 (Detroit)
1973-74: Played on WHA
regular-season champion (Houston).
Miscellaneous: Was outstanding high school football linebacker. ... Didn't
begin playing hockey on a regular basis until he was a sophomore in high
school. ... Missed part of 1972-73 season with mononucleosis.
| Debut: March 9, 1980 (Hartford at
Numbers: 18, 27 (Hartford); 27 (Boston)
Never won. Playing Status: Retired September 1985
|CAREER NHL STATISTICS|
|CAREER NHL PLAYOFF STATISTICS|
AWARDS AND HONORS
Hartford Emery Edge Award (Plus-Minus Leader):
1979-80: Played on first Hartford Whalers NHL team.
Broadcasting Career: Served as Hartford radio color commentator during
Miscellaneous: Started on right wing next to his father (center) and
brother (left wing) when Hartford played at Detroit on March 12, 1980. It was
the only time in NHL history that a father and two sons played on the same
line. ... Was on the ice for his father's final NHL goal during April 9, 1980,
playoff game at Montreal. ... Was traded as a restricted free agent by
Hartford to Boston for future considerations on Oct. 1, 1982. He became a
restricted free agent again after the 1982-83 season, and Boston traded him to
Hartford to complete the earlier transaction on Sept. 29, 1983.
|Post-Draft Teams: Houston, New England (WHA);
Springfield (AHL); Binghamton (AHL); Flint (ColHL)|
Canada-Soviet Summit Series: 1974 (Canada)
AWARDS AND HONORS
WHA Avco Trophy: 1975 (Houston)
Calder Cup: 2002 (Chicago) (as assistant coach)
Turner Cup: 2000 (Chicago) (as assistant coach)
Third Team: 1975-76 (Houston)
WHA Draft Pick: 1973 (by Houston in
1973-74, 1974-75, 1975-76, 1976-77: Played on WHA regular-season
1984-85: Played on AHL regular-season champion
1999-00: Assistant coach of IHL regular-season
Coaching Career: Named Flint (ColHL) associate coach
prior to 1992-93 season and remained in that position through 1992-93 season.
... Named Utica (ColHL) head coach prior to 1993-94 season and remained in
that position through 1993-94 season.
... Named Gaylord (NAHL) head coach prior to 1997-98 season and remained in
that position through 1997-98 season. ... Named Chicago (IHL) assistant coach in 1999,
stayed with team as it shifted into the AHL in 2001, and remained in position
into 2002-03 season.
Miscellaneous: Joined father and brother by
leaving Houston (WHA) and signing with New England (WHA) as free agents on May
23, 1977. ... Missed part of 1978-79 season with knee injury. ... Missed parts of 1979-80 season with broken wrist
and bruised ribs. ... Missed part of 1980-81 season with knee injury, suffered
in December 1980. ... Came out of retirement to play
three games for Flint (ColHL) while he was serving as assistant coach during
1992-93 season. ... Ran his own construction business from 1996 to 1999 and
also worked with Power Play International, the company started by his parents
to promote the Howe hockey legacy.
Personal: Full name is Marty Gordon
Howe. ... Son of Hall of Famer Gordie Howe. ... Older brother of former NHL player Mark Howe.
|HOW HE GOT AWAY|
|WHA/TRADE: Unlike other draft picks, who
snubbed the NHL in favor of the WHA, Howe was already playing in the WHA at
the time Montreal selected him. While he was still in the WHA, Montreal traded
his NHL rights to Detroit for cash and future considerations on Feb. 25, 1977.
Detroit did not take him back in the 1979 NHL Reclaim Draft, enabling his
current WHA team (Hartford) to retain his NHL rights.||
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