Mark Howe to receive Lester Patrick Trophy

The Detroit News
Mark Howe with his late father Gordie Howe at Joe Louis Arena.

Red Wings director of pro scouting Mark Howe and ECHL co-founder Pat Kelly have been named recipients of the 2016 Lester Patrick Trophy for outstanding service to hockey in the United States.

The award is one of the most prestigious in hockey and honors the memory of Lester Patrick, who spent 50 years in hockey as a player, coach and general manager and was a pioneer in the sport’s development.

Howe was born in Detroit where he played minor hockey with the Tier II Junior Red Wings. As a 16-year-old, he was a key member of the 1972 silver medal-winning U.S. Olympic hockey team at Sapporo, Japan.

Howe made his professional debut in 1973-74 with the WHA’s Houston Aeros, becoming part of hockey history for playing on a line with his legendary father Gordie and brother Marty. He ended the season with 79 points, earning WHA Rookie of the Year honors on Houston's Avco Cup championship team.

Howe joined the WHA’s New England Whalers in 1977-78 and remained on the team when it joined the NHL as the Hartford Whalers in 1979-80, scoring 80 points in his first NHL season. Howe joined the Philadelphia Flyers in 1982, and in 10 seasons in Philadelphia he became the Flyers all-time leader among defensemen in goals, assists and points (138-342-480).

Howe also played in a pair of Stanley Cup Finals with the Flyers (1985, 1987). He finished his NHL playing career with the Red Wings and accepted a role in the Red Wings front office upon retirement. His name is engraved four times on the Stanley Cup as Red Wings’ pro scout (1997, 1998, 2002, 2008).

Howe was a three-time runner up for the James Norris Memorial Trophy (NHL's top defenseman); a three-time First Team NHL All Star; a four-time participant in the NHL All-Star Game; a 2001 inductee to the Philadelphia Flyers Hall of Fame; a 2003 inductee to the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame and a 2011 inductee to the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Howe and Kelly will be honored as part of the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Celebration on Nov. 30, in Philadelphia.