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10/15/1977 Gordie Howe scores his 1st career Whalers goal vs Birmingham. 
10/19/1977 Gordie Howe records his 2400th career point (one of three assists) vs Edmonton. 
11/10/1977 Gordie Howe scores his 999th career goal vs Edmonton. 
12/7/1977 Gordie Howe scores his 1000th career goal vs Birmingham. 
12/17/1977 Gordie Howe plays his 2000th career regular season game vs Winnipeg. 
1/1/1978 Gordie Howe scores only the 2nd overtime goal of his 30 year career vs Cincinnati. 
1/17/1978 Gordie Howe represents the Whalers in the '78 WHA All-Star game in Quebec. 
3/29/1978 Gordie Howe becomes the first 50 year old to play professional hockey vs Cincinnati. 
10/3/1978 Gordie Howe makes his 1st appearance against Detroit receiving a 7 min. standing ovation. He scores a 3rd period goal (assisted by Mark and Marty), and receives another 6 min. ovation. 
10/15/1978 Gordie Howe scores his 2500th career point with an assist vs Quebec. 
1/2/1979 Gordie Howe represents the Whalers in the 3 day '79 WHA All-Star vs Moscow Dynamo series recording 1 goal and 2 assists in Edmonton. 
10/11/1979 Gordie Howe plays his 1st career Whalers NHL game (his first NHL game in over eight years) vs Minnesota. 
11/30/1979 Gordie Howe scores his final career power play goal vs Pittsburgh. 
1/2/1980 Gordie Howe becomes the first to have a pro career that spans five decades vs Edmonton. 
1/6/1980 Gordie Howe faces Detroit for the 1st time in his NHL career. 
1/12/1980 Gordie Howe returns to Detroit for the 1st time in his NHL career to face his former team. 
2/5/1980 Gordie Howe represents the Whalers, recording an assist in his last NHL All-Star game in Detroit. 
2/29/1980 Gordie Howe score his 800th career NHL goal vs St. Louis. 
3/8/1980 Gordie Howe plays his 2,400th career game vs Washington. 
3/9/1980 Gordie Howe skates for the 1st time in the NHL on the same line with sons Mark and Marty vs Boston. 
3/12/1980 Gordie Howe starts his 1st NHL game at center, with sons Mark on left wing and Marty on right in Detroit. 
4/6/1980 Gordie Howe scores his 801st and final regular season NHL goal in his 1,767th NHL game vs Detroit. 
4/8/1980 Gordie Howe sets the NHL record for most years in the playoffs at 20 vs Montreal. 
4/9/1980 Gordie Howe scores his last NHL goal, 68th Stanley Cup, 96th Playoff, 1071st overall. 
4/9/1980 Gordie Howe scores a goal (assisted by son Mark) and an assist, his last NHL points vs Montreal. 
6/4/1980 Gordie Howe announces his retirement as a player and becomes Director of Player Development. 
11/1/2000 The Gordie Howe family receives the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame's Wayne Gretzky Award given annually to individuals who are deemed to have made significant contribution to the growth of American Hockey. Gordie, Colleen, Mark, and Marty are all honored.