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Fifty years ago this summer, hell froze over in Houston when Texas’s Sweat City suddenly found itself at the center of the ice hockey world. Gordie Howe, the NHL’s all-time leader in career goals and points, shocked fans by coming out of retirement at age 45 to play for the Houston Aeros, of the outlaw World Hockey Association.Howe returned to the ice for a chance to play professionally with his two oldest sons—nineteen-year-old Marty and eighteen-year-old Mark, budding stars in Canada’s junior hockey system. The NHL’s age threshold was twenty years old—and so was the WHA’s—until Aeros general manager Jim Smith and coach Bill Dineen, who’d played with Howe, gambled that they could get away with flouting the rule to gain attention for the two-year-old…
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