Gordie Howe signed with Houston Aeros 42 years ago – Chron.com
September 30, 1973: On this day, storied skater Gordie Howe was at his home in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan playing chess with his sons Marty and Mark as he waited for final word that the next jersey he would wear would be that of a Houston Aero.
Now at the time, Mr. Hockey had been out of the game for two years, and many wondered if his return, this time to the World Hockey Association, was a publicity stunt. Howe had played 25 glorious seasons in the NHL that included 21 All-Star appearances. And, in addition to leading the league in scoring six times, he also led the Red Wings to four Stanley Cup victories. So why Houston?
The Aeros offered Howe the opportunity to play with his two sons Marty and Mark. And, the 45-year-old legend proved that he had a lot of ice time left to give, leading the Aeros to a WHA title. He was even named league MVP.
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“Wondrous Warren,” as he was known at San Antonio’s Breckenridge High School, had 73 scholarship offers but chose to play for Bill Yeoman at the University of Houston, becoming the first African-American athlete at UH and the first at a major college program in Texas. A two-time All-American, he caught a 99-yard touchdown pass in the first game played on artificial turf in the Astrodome and later won a Super Bowl ring with the Kansas City Chiefs.
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Unfortunately, if you're a fan of hockey, then you know the Aeros moved to Des Moines, Iowa in 2013, and though there has been some talk of the possibility of an NHL expansion team in the Bayou City, the chances of that happening in the near future look slim.
So, what do you think? Would you love to see an NHL team in Houston? Bonus question: What would you nickname the team? Tell us in the comments below, or tweet our host, Michael Callahan, @MCallahanTV using #ForgottenDayHOU.


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