Gordie Howe, the legend who became so synonymous with his beloved sport that he was “Mr. Hockey,” has died.
He was 88 years old.
Howe died Friday morning in Toledo, Ohio. He had been staying there with his son, Murray.
“Today is a sad day for the Detroit Red Wings and the entire hockey world as together we mourn the loss of one of the greatest hockey players of all-time,” Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch said in a statement.
“The Red Wings organization and the National Hockey League would not be what they are today without Gordie Howe. There is no nickname more fitting for him than “Mr. Hockey.” He embodied on and off the ice what it meant to be both a Red Wing and a Detroiter. He was tough, skilled, and consistently earned success at the highest level. His achievements are numerous and his accomplishments immeasurable. It is truly a blessing to have had him both in our organization and our city for so many years. He will be deeply missed.” Source: Detroit Free Press
Howe had suffered from dementia and had a stroke in October 2014 prior to going through stem cell treatment. The hockey legend is second all-time with 801 goals and is eighth all-time with 1,049 assists over 1,767 career games. Howe played his final NHL season as a member of the Hartford Whalers when he was 51 years old, but he spent most of his career with the Detroit Red Wings. Our condolences go out to his friends and family for their loss. Farewell, Mr. Hockey.