Rutherford was a 21-year-old rookie goaltender when he broke in with the Detroit Red Wings during the 1970-71 NHL season. By that point, Howe was 42-years-old and owned a Hall of Fame resume featuring four Stanley Cups rings, 20 All-Star Game appearances, six scoring titles, six Hart Trophies and 763 goals.
For as big as Howe’s presence was within the game, Rutherford recalled that “Mr. Hockey” wasn’t just a great player, but also a tremendous teammate.
“Of course, your first year in the league is exciting enough, but when you enter that room with such a great player like him it was special,” Rutherford said. “He was a guy that in some ways was hard to describe. He just had a special way about him. As a teammate and you looked around the room, if somebody was struggling with something, in his own wayRead More »from Penguins GM Jim Rutherford remembers former teammate Gordie Howe