Gordie Howe, who dominated the sport of hockey for so long that he became known simply as “Mr. Hockey,” died just before 8 a.m. Friday morning at his son’s home in Ohio, Sportsnet in Canada is reporting along with CBS News. His son Marty also confirmed the news to CNN. He was 88 years old.
Gordie Howe was the NHL’s all-time leading scorer with 801 goals and 1,850 points before Wayne Gretzky came along and shattered his records. Still, Howe will forever be known as Mr. Hockey and has a hat trick named after him, one a player records with a goal, assist and fight.
Gordie Howe led the NHL in points six times and once broke the 100-point barrier in an era that didn’t see that accomplishment often. He also won four Stanley Cup championships with the Red Wings, being the leader of one of the great teams of all-time.
Howe’s passing is the end of an era for many hockey fans, who lived for the rough nature of the game before ample rules were changed to protect players. Howe was the epitome of a man’s man, and undoubtedly will be honored in a large way before Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final.