Has it really been that long?
The Houston Aeros, the Minnesota Wild’s American Hockey League affiliate, will commemorate the 40th anniversary of the first Aeros game, played by the World Hockey Association (WHA) team in 1972. The celebration will take place on opening night, Saturday, Oct. 13 at Toyota Center.
And, yes, the WHA Aeros are the same team that Mr. Hockey, Gordie Howe, played alongside his sons Mark and Marty, becoming the first father-son-son pairing in professional hockey.
“The name Aeros is synonymous with hockey in Houston,” Aeros President David Burke said. “The game is more entrenched in the fabric of Houston than many people realize, and a big reason for that is the legacy left by the WHA Aeros. As the current version of the team begins its 19th season in the city, we are proud to commemorate the WHA’s first game here 40 years ago.”
The Aeros also confirmed home games on Saturday, Oct. 27; Friday, Nov. 30; Wednesday, Dec. 26, and Friday, Dec. 28. For more on the Aeros, click here.