'Mr Hockey' Gordie Howe Dead at 88

Laura Christensen
June 11, 2016

Howe then began to experience declining health and dementia and lived with his four children on a rotating basis until his death.

Gordie Howe, known as "Mr. Hockey" for a tough but skillful playing style that shattered records over a long career that wove him into the national fabric of hockey-mad Canada, died on Friday at the age of 88.

After winning six MVP trophies, six scoring titles, and four Stanley Cup titles, Howe retired from the National Hockey League for the first time in 1971 at the age of 43. He's second in career goals (801) and fourth in career points (1,850).

While both records have been broken by Wayne Gretzky, Howe still holds the record for most games (1,767) and most consecutive seasons (22). Howe died in Sylvania, Ohio, at the home of Murray Howe, according to Detroit Red Wings executive Rob Mattina. A year later, Howe's wife of 56 years, Colleen, died. Mr. Hockey looked out for himself, his teammates and became known for his toughness. Here are some other photos of number nine. He was as fierce and competitive as they come but away from the rink he was truly engaging and personable and always enjoyed his interaction with the fans.

Whenever Howe was on the ice, he was a threat to score a goal. And with a single shift with the Detroit Vipers in the International Hockey League in 1997, he played professionally in a sixth decade at the age of 69.

He actually retired for a brief time in 1971 at age 43: After a two-year stint in the Red Wings' front office returned to play in the WHA in 1973. He's considered one of the best hockey players of all time, and many are deeply saddened to find Gordie Howe dead today.

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"Today's a sad day for us in Saskatoon and we've ordered the flags be lowered to half-mast for Gordie Howe in recognition of the service he has provided to the city", Don Atchison said Friday.

Howe played a remarkable 2,421 games, including playoffs, over his professional career.

Howe played 26 seasons in the NHL and six seasons in the World Hockey Association.

"It is a measure of how genuine was Howe's humility, off-ice geniality and love of hockey that he isn't the most hated man of his era", authors David Cruise and Alison Griffiths wrote in their 1991 book "Net Worth", in which they asserted Howe was one of the most underpaid players in professional sports. "I was lucky to have the opportunity to take the ice with him during my time in Hartford, and his impact on our sport is immeasurable".

Condolences to former teammate Mark and the Howe family.

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