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HARTFORD, CT - JANUARY, 1980: Gordie Howe #9 of the Hartford Whalers poses for a portrait in January, 1980 in Hartford, Connecticut. (Photo by Bruce Bennett Studios/Getty Images)

HARTFORD, CT - JANUARY, 1980:  Gordie Howe #9 of the Hartford Whalers poses for a portrait in January, 1980 in Hartford, Connecticut. (Photo by Bruce Bennett Studios/Getty Images)