Gordie, Marty & Mark Howe: One Big, Happy Family

The Howes were a package deal when they signed with the World Hockey Association's New England Whalers in 1977.  <a href="http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8448000"  target="_blank">Gordie's</a>  wife Coleen, <a href="http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8448005"  target="_blank">Marty</a>   and <a href="http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8448002"  target="_blank">Mark's</a>  mother, even got a jersey as former coach and then Director of Hockey Operations Jack Kelley looks on.  All three Howes -  Gordie, Marty and Mark - would eventually play for the <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="HOS81" title="Hartford Whalers" href="/topic/sports/ice-hockey/hartford-whalers-HOS81.topic">Hartford Whalers</a>, who dropped the New England from their name as part of their move to the <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="15031001" title="National Hockey League" href="/topic/sports/ice-hockey/national-hockey-league-15031001.topic">NHL</a> in 1979.  Gordie was 51 years old when he played in all 80 of the Whalers' games during his final season in the NHL.

( COURANT FILE PHOTO / June 11, 1977 )

The Howes were a package deal when they signed with the World Hockey Association's New England Whalers in 1977. Gordie's wife Coleen, Marty and Mark's mother, even got a jersey as former coach and then Director of Hockey Operations Jack Kelley looks on. All three Howes - Gordie, Marty and Mark - would eventually play for the Hartford Whalers, who dropped the New England from their name as part of their move to the NHL in 1979. Gordie was 51 years old when he played in all 80 of the Whalers' games during his final season in the NHL.

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