Gordie Howe sits next to Red Wings teammate Red Kelly during a game against the New York Rangers in December 1954. Although just 26 at the time, Howe was already in his ninth NHL season. Detroit won its second straight Stanley Cup that season as Howe made his eighth straight All-Star team. In all, he won four Stanley Cups and made 23 NHL All-Star teams during his career. (Hy Peskin/SI)
GALLERY: Rare Photos of Gordie Howe

Gordie Howe sits next to Red Wings teammate Red Kelly during a game against the New York Rangers in December 1954. Although just 26 at the time, Howe was already in his ninth NHL season. Detroit won its second straight Stanley Cup that season as Howe made his eighth straight All-Star team. In all, he won four Stanley Cups and made 23 NHL All-Star teams during his career. (Hy Peskin/SI)

GALLERY: Rare Photos of Gordie Howe

Minneapolis forward Dick Schnittker drives to the hoop against Carl Braun during a 1954 Lakers-Knicks game at Madison Square Garden. While the Lakers continue to roll, the Knicks have won five straight since Mike Woodson took over as the team’s head coach and are a game ahead of Milwaukee for the final playoff spot in the East. (Hy Peskin/SI)
MANNIX: Knicks soaring under Woodson, but future uncertain

Minneapolis forward Dick Schnittker drives to the hoop against Carl Braun during a 1954 Lakers-Knicks game at Madison Square Garden. While the Lakers continue to roll, the Knicks have won five straight since Mike Woodson took over as the team’s head coach and are a game ahead of Milwaukee for the final playoff spot in the East. (Hy Peskin/SI)

MANNIX: Knicks soaring under Woodson, but future uncertain