American defenseman Mark Howe was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame, Class of 2011, today along with Canadian players Ed Belfour, Doug Gilmore and Joe Nieuwendyk. The four players will be inducted in a ceremony in Toronto on November 14th.
Mark Howe, the son of Red Wing great Gordie Howe, was a three-time runner-up for the Norris Trophy as Best Defenseman and appeared in the Stanley Cup Finals three times in his career. Howe netted 1,246 points over 22 professional seasons split between the World Hockey Association and the NHL. In addition, he was a six-time NHL all-star and was selected to the NHL First All-Star team in 1983, 1986 and 1987.
Howe, already a member of the United States Hockey Hall of Fame, was also a part of the surprising 1972 United States Olympic Team that won a remarkable silver medal in Sapporo, Japan. At just 16 years old at the time, I believe Howe still holds the record as the youngest hockey player ever to win an Olympic medal.