The man known as “Mr. Hockey” has died.
Gordie Howe passed away just before 8 Friday morning.
Reports suggest he was surrounded by family at his son’s house in Ohio.
Howe was 88.
In 2014, Howe suffered a significant stroke while visiting his daughter in Texas and underwent his 2nd stem cell treatment at the age of 87.
Howe played 26 seasons in the NHL and six in the World Hockey Association.
He won the Stanley Cup with the Detroit Red Wings four times and won six Hart trophies as the league’s most valuable player and six Art Ross awards as the leading scorer.
He recorded 801 goals in his NHL career and was an all star 21 times. Howe held the all time scoring title until Wayne Gretzky broke the record in 1994 en route to scoring 894. Howe remains second overall on the all time goal list.
Howe played his last game in the NHL when he was 52 and a grandfather.
The Gordie Howe hat trick is also named after him. That’s when a player scores a goal, an assist and gets in a fight in one game.
In May of 2015 Former prime minister Stephen Harper announced that the bridge between Windsor and Detroit will be called the Gordie Howe Bridge.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said during a press conference at General Motors Canada in Oshawa today that “It’s a very sad moment for all of us.”
— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) June 10, 2016
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) June 10, 2016
My condolences to the family of Gordie Howe, the Detroit Red Wings and all his fans around the world. He will always be Mr. Hockey. — Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) June 10, 2016
— John Tory (@JohnTory) June 10, 2016