Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Marty Howe
Growing up as the son of a hockey legend, Marty Howe and his younger brother, Mark, took fame all in stride, refusing to let the so-called public pressures affect their enjoyment of the game. Still, they knew they'd hear the many comparisons to their famous father, Gordie Howe. Marty once said that he did not even really want to be a professional hockey player until he made the Toronto Marlies at the age of 17.

Howe played two years of major junior hockey in the OHA with the Toronto Marlboros and was a member of the Memorial Cup champion team in 1973 along with brother, Mark. Howe was selected in the third round of the 1974 NHL Amateur Draft by the Montreal Canadiens, despite having already played a year of pro hockey with the Houston Aeros of the WHA. Howe had opted to leave junior a year early and ended up playing with the Aeros for four seasons. The Howe family made headlines when Marty, brother, Mark, and father, Gordie, all suited up for the same team. The Aeros won two WHA Avco Cup championships in 1974 and 1975, with all three Howes on the roster.

Marty was always deemed the easy-going brother. He never possessed the talent of younger brother Mark, or the determination to emulate his famous father. He tended to simply take things as they came. The third brother, Murray, chose to consciously distance himself from any comparisons to his famous father, knowing that it would be a no-win situation.

The Howe brothers and father, Gordie, were united again in the NHL in the 1979-80 season when Marty was called up for six games after having played most of his career in the minors. Father Gordie retired at the end of the season at the age of 52, but Marty and Mark continued on with their careers. After two more years in Hartford, Marty Howe joined the Boston Bruins for the 1982-83 season, playing 78 games, scoring a goal and 12 points. He returned to Hartford in 1983-84, dressing for 69 games. In 1984-85, Howe played his final 19 games in the NHL with the Whalers. The totals on his NHL career were 197 games played, two goals, 29 assists, and 31 points.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1970-71 Detroit Jr. Red Wings ON-Jr.A 41 9 33 42 111
1970-71 Detroit Jr. Red Wings Cen-Cup 12 1 9 10 18
1971-72 Toronto Marlboros OHA-Jr. 56 7 21 28 122 10 1 8 9 38
1972-73 Toronto Marlboros OHA-Jr. 38 11 17 28 81
1972-73 Toronto Marlboros M-Cup 3 0 1 1 0
1973-74 Houston Aeros WHA 73 4 20 24 90 14 1 5 6 31
1974-75 Canada Summit-74 4 0 0 0 12
1974-75 Houston Aeros WHA 75 13 21 34 89 11 0 2 2 11
1975-76 Houston Aeros WHA 80 14 23 37 81 16 4 4 8 12
1976-77 Houston Aeros WHA 80 17 28 45 103 11 3 1 4 10
1977-78 New England Whalers WHA 75 10 10 20 66 14 1 1 2 13
1978-79 New England Whalers WHA 66 9 15 24 31 9 0 1 1 8
1979-80 Hartford Whalers NHL 6 0 1 1 4 -2 3 1 1 2 0
1979-80 Springfield Indians AHL 31 8 5 13 12
1980-81 Hartford Whalers NHL 12 0 1 1 25 -5
1980-81 Binghamton Whalers AHL 37 4 10 14 34 6 0 2 2 6
1981-82 Hartford Whalers NHL 13 0 4 4 2 -4
1981-82 Binghamton Whalers AHL 61 8 38 46 42 15 0 8 8 4
1982-83 Boston Bruins NHL 78 1 11 12 24 +21 12 0 1 1 9
1983-84 Hartford Whalers NHL 69 0 11 11 34 +1
1984-85 Hartford Whalers NHL 19 1 1 2 10 -4
1984-85 Binghamton Whalers AHL 44 7 12 19 22 8 3 2 5 6
NHL Totals 197 2 29 31 99 15 1 2 3 9


Son of Gordie
Brother of Mark
OJHL Second All-Star Team (1971)
WHA Second All-Star Team (1977)
Selected by Houston (WHA) in 1973 WHA Professional Player Draft, June, 1973. Rights traded to Detroit by Montreal for cash and future considerations, February 25, 1977. Signed as a free agent by New England (WHA), June, 1977. Rights retained by Hartford prior to Expansion Draft, June 9, 1979. Traded to Boston by Hartford for future considerations, October 1, 1982. Traded to Hartford by Boston for future considerations, September 29, 1983.