NHL LEGENDS 6 PHOTOS
Hall of Fame Quartet Arrives for Christmas
Friday, August 17, 2007
McFarlane Toys is proud to present our sixth Sports Picks series honoring the NHL Legends. Following up the "retro" look of NHL Legends 5, the new series is a more traditional look at four Hall of Fame players who helped re-write the record books. Take a good look, and squint if you must, at the four shining stars that make up NHL Legends 6:
WAYNE GRETZKY: After 1,487 NHL games, "The Great One" called it a career on April 18th, 1999 and played his final game with the New York Rangers against the Pittsburgh Penguins. After the game ended, Gretzky circled on the ice, removing one glove and waving farewell to the appreciative crowd. Gretzky remains the leading scorer in NHL history, and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1999.
GORDIE HOWE: You don't get a nickname like "Mr. Hockey" by accident. It's said that a "Gordie Howe Hat Trick" consisted of a goal, an assist, and a fight in the same game. Howe played in Hartford, Houston and Omaha, but his legacy was built in the Motor City, during 25 brilliant seasons with the Red Wings (and one game with the Vipers). Howe ranks second all-time on the NHL goals-scored list, and is one of only two players to eclipse the 800-goal plateau. Howe was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1972.
JOHNNY BOWER: Johnny Bower became a household name in the NHL, but winning four Stanley Cups made him a legend in Toronto. The hard-nosed Bower had to be - playing his career without a mask! He became the oldest goalie to ever appear in a Stanley Cup Finals game, playing in 1969 at the age of 44. Johnny was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1976.
CAM NEELY: Known in Vancouver as "the one that got away", Neely left the Canucks after three seasons in a deal that sent him to Boston. He became a Bruins mainstay, delivering several tremendous seasons and establishing himself as the prototypical "power forward" in the NHL. Knee injuries and a degenerative hip condition limited Neely's career to just 13 seasons, but his goals-per-game average remains one of the ten best in the history of the NHL. Neely was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2005.
NHL Legends 6 is expected to arrive in stores in December 2007.
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