Mark Steven Howe (May 28, 1955-) is the youngest hockey player to win an Olympic medal when the United States won the Silver Medal in the 1972 Winter Olympiad in Sapporo, Japan. After leading the Detroit Jr. Red Wings to the U.S. Junior Championships in 1971 and the Olympics, Howe made an extraordinary move joining the Houston Aeros of the World Hockey Association in 1973 to play alongside his brother Marty and legendary Hall of Fame father, Gordie Howe. Mark topped all rookies in the 1973-74 season, playing left wing and winning the Lou Kaplan Award honoring the WHA’s Rookie of the Year. He tallied 38 goals and 41 assists in 76 games as a, 18 year old. The trio of Howes led the Aeros to the Avco Cup Championship in 1974-75, scoring 83 regular season goals and 152 assists, as well as 18 playoff goals and 26 assists defeating the Quebec Nordiques in a four game sweep. Despite being drafted by the Boston Bruins 25th overall in the 1974 NHL Entry Draft, Mark played six more seasons with his familial line mates in Houston (1973-1977) and New England with the New England/Hartford Whalers (1977-1980) as Hartford was one of the four teams to merge into the National Hockey League.
After two more years with the Whalers (without Gordie) (1980-1982), Mark suffered a game and career changing injury and was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers (1982-1992) where coaches utilized his versatility, moving him from forward to defense, and vice versa, as needed. He then finished his career with his hometown Detroit Red Wings (1992-1995) fulfilling a childhood dream of following in his father’s footsteps. In 1985-86, Howe led the NHL plus/minus rating with a +85 in 77 games. Mark retired after the 1995 season in Detroit with 197 career NHL goals and 545 assists for 742 points in 929 games, adding an exceptional +400 plus/minus rating. As a member of the WHA, he posted 208 career goals and 296 assists for 504 points and a +154 plus minus rating in 426 games. In all, Howe had 405 goals and 841 assists in 1,455 professional games Howe was named to the 1982-83 WHA All-Star First Team, earned three NHL All-Star First Team selections and played in four NHL All-Star Games. Mark Howe was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2011.