1928: Gordie Howe, generally regarded as one of the greatest hockey players of all time, is born in Floral, Saskatchewan, Canada. In 1960, he became the first NHLer to score 1,000 points in a career and a year later became the first player to play in 1,000 NHL games. When he retired in 1980, Howe, seen here in 1966, had racked up 1,850 points in 1,767 career games. He played for the Detroit Red Wings and Hartford Whalers of the NHL and the Houston Aeros and New England Whalers in the World Hockey Association. He is the only player to have competed in the NHL in five different decades (1940s through 1980s). A four-time Stanley Cup champion with the Red Wings, he won six Hart Trophies as the league's most valuable player and six Art Ross Trophies as the leading scorer.