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12-01-2012, 01:37 PM
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Publicity stunt or not, Gordie Howe played for the Detroit Vipers of the IHL at age 69. I would think he technically owns the record for oldest minor pro player.

I've never quite figured out why Gordie Howe would agree to do that though. From what I know of Gordie, he wasn't the hugely egotistical type who'd sign a deal simply for the publicity of both playing at age 69 and playing in 6 consecutive decades. Since it was a one-game deal with the Vipers, he shouldn't have been under any illusions that he was going to stick around with the team. So I doubt he signed the deal under the impression it was as a "try-out."

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