He was known simply as “Mr. Hockey” and was the face of the game forever. Gordie Howe played 26 seasons in the National Hockey League and, when he retired, was the owner of every major statistical category. He’s first in career games played, second in goals, a four-time champion and 23-time all-star.
Howe passed away on Friday at the age of 88. He suffered a stroke in 2014 and, according to his son, suffered from dementia.
“All hockey fans grieve the loss of the incomparable Gordie Howe,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said.
“A remarkable athlete whose mastery of our sport was reflected by the longevity of his career and by his nickname, ‘Mr. Hockey,’ Gordie’s commitment to winning was matched only by his commitment to his teammates, to his friends, to the Red Wings, to the city of Detroit and — above all — to his family.”