New England Whalers forward Gordie Howe is presented with a 50th birthday cake before a 1978 game against the Cincinnati Stingers. The Whalers would leave the WHA the next season to join the NHL, where they stayed until moving to Carolina in 1997. (Tony Triolo/SI)
GALLERY: The NHL’s All-Time Oldest Players

New England Whalers forward Gordie Howe is presented with a 50th birthday cake before a 1978 game against the Cincinnati Stingers. The Whalers would leave the WHA the next season to join the NHL, where they stayed until moving to Carolina in 1997. (Tony Triolo/SI)

GALLERY: The NHL’s All-Time Oldest Players

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    EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS PHOTO: Gordie’s goofy-ass face, the folded-arms referee looking on in stunned jealousy, those old...
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    Hartford Whalers representtttt