Ice Hockey Skates, worn by Gordie Howe

Description (Brief)
Hall-of-Fame right winger Gordie Howe (1928-2016) wore these skates while a member of the World Hockey Association's New England / Hartford Whalers (1977-1979..)
Known as "Mr. Hockey," Howe entered the National Hockey League in 1946, joining the Detroit Red Wings at the age of 18. Howe finished his career with 23 NHL All-Star nods, leading the league in scoring six times and earning six Hart Memorial trophies as the league's Most Valuable Player.
In 1971 Howe retired from the Red Wings front office to play for the World Hockey Association's Houston Aeros. In 1977 he was traded to that league's New England Whalers. Howe was able return to the NHL for his final season as the Whalers joined the league in 1979. In 1997, Howe played one shift for the Detroit Vipers of the International Hockey League, becoming the only hockey player to play professionally in six different decades (1940s-1990s)
Currently not on view
Object Name
ice skates
hockey skates
Object Type
date made
Physical Description
black (overall color)
leather (overall material)
metal (overall material)
overall: 12 in x 3 in x 13 in; 30.48 cm x 7.62 cm x 33.02 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Highlights from the Culture and the Arts Collection
Ice Hockey
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Culture and the Arts: Sport and Leisure
Highlights from the Culture and the Arts Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
From Mr. Robert W. Gorman

Visitor Comments

5/19/2015 5:20:26 PM
Sandi lepsy
I was delighted to see Gordie Howe's skates in the Smithsonian castle visitor center. He is a national treasure and a truly lovely human being. It was such a nice and unexpected surprise to see his skates from his Hartford Whaler days.
7/19/2015 8:24:19 AM
Jacques LeHatte
Hello, perhaps you can assist .. what's the brand name of the manufacturer of these ice skates ? Are they CCM ? I'm a long time fan of Gordie Howe ; and I met him, twice, in the early 60s, in Ayr, Scotland, UK He gave me some advice about my skating, and sadly, I never got the chance to show him how much he'd helped . Thanks Jacques
9/1/2015 1:57:06 PM
Jane Rogers
Hi Jacques - Thank you for your comment. The hockey skates belonging to Gordie Howe were made by Bauer during the mid 1970s. Please let me know if you have any other questions!
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