There are heavy hearts in Hockeytown, USA, today. All-time Red Wing great, and 4 time Stanley Cup Champion, Gordie Howe passed away at 88. “Mr.Hockey” made his NHL debut with the Detroit Red Wings in 1946. The NHL ironman’s professional career spanned a remarkable 5 decades. He played his final NHL season with the Hartford Whalers in 1980.
Howe’s career accomplishments border on innumerable. He was a 23 time NHL All-Star, a six time Hart Trophy winner as the league MVP, and four time Stanley Cup winner. He held the NHL career records for goals, assists and points, until Wayne Gretzky rewrote the record books.
A sad day for sports fans as another legend is lost.
Thee loss of “Mr. Hockey” was mourned on Twitter:
— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) June 10, 2016
Words are not possible to say how much impact Gordie Howe made on Hockey. My Condolences to the Howe Family on his passing today. RIP GORDIE
— scott bowman (@coachwsb) June 10, 2016
Gordie Howe was something else RIP
— Chuck D (@MrChuckD) June 11, 2016
— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) June 11, 2016
Pres Obama notes passing of hockey legend Gordie Howe. pic.twitter.com/oz6iVtthk0
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) June 10, 2016