Gordie Howe Passes At 88

Updated: June 10, 2016

One of the first stars of the NHL, Detroit legend Gordie Howe died at the wise age of 88 early Friday morning. He was arguably one of the greatest hockey players ever and is without a doubt the best to ever to represent the winged wheel.

Nicknamed “Mr. Hockey”, he changed the game in many ways. He became one of the first players to not score in large amounts each year but also be a physical, fighting machine that boosted him to the top echelon of hockey talent. He also invented the Gordie Howe Hat Trick which is a fight, an assist and a goal all in one game. Another Red Wings great, Pavel Datsyuk, recorded a Gordie Howe Hat Trick against the Anaheim Ducks in 2010. Not only did Datsyuk get in a fight with Ducks forward Corey Perry, Datsyuk knocked him down to the ice after narrowly dodging punch-after-punch.

Howe was a 23-time All-Star and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1972, only one year after he retired. He did, however, come out of retirement in 1973.

Howe played a total of 1,767 total NHL games and had an incredible 801 goals, 1,049 assists for a staggering total of 1,850 points. Howe also had an amazing 1,685 penalty minutes.

Howe didn’t just put up record numbers and change the game but he showed how to be a professional and what it means to be a role model. He was Wayne Gretzky’s idol, and Gretzky once said “he is, he was, he will always be the greatest of all time.” These are pretty powerful words from the world’s most famous player.

Howe grew the game and was an incredible ambassador. One thing is for certain, Mr. Hockey will be missed but he won’t be forgotten.

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