By Wyatt Earp | November 15, 2011
Mark Howe is my favorite NHL defenseman of all time. Last night, .
The Hockey Hall of Fame is set to open its doors to the class of 2011 on Monday night. Here’s a capsule look at the careers of Ed Belfour, Doug Gilmour, Mark Howe and Joe Nieuwendyk. Mark Howe scored 197 goals and amassed 742 points in 929 career NHL games with Hartford, Philadelphia and Detroit. He started his pro career in the World Hockey Association and put up 504 points in 426 games in that league.
Eligibility: He’s been waiting since 1998.
Claim to Fame: The son of hockey legend Gordie Howe, he authored a memorable career of his own. Mark Howe played alongside his dad and brother Marty as a forward in the WHA before becoming a defenseman in the NHL. He formed one of the league’s best blue-line pairings with Brad McCrimmon in Philadelphia — Howe was a mind-boggling plus-85 during the 1985-86 season — and scored at least 15 goals on eight occasions.
Congratulations, Mark. The honor is truly deserved.