Gordie Howe, an icon of Hockey and one of the best players to ever live, has died. This is tragic news:
Hockey legend Gordie Howe died Friday, the Detroit Red Wings have confirmed. He was 88.
Howe, who was known as Mr. Hockey, holds NHL records for most games (1,767) and seasons (26). His 801 career goals rank second to Wayne Gretzky’s 894.
he Hall of Famer played on four Stanley Cup championship teams in Detroit during a 25-year stint that began in 1946. He retired from hockey for good when he was 52.
Recent years had been challenging for Howe.
Memory loss from the early stages of dementia became a problem even before his wife, Colleen, died in 2009 after battling Pick’s disease, a rare form of dementia similar to Alzheimer’s.
Sadly, Howe suffered strokes in October of 2014. His health improved briefly after treatment in a clinical trial, but the Alzheimer’s caught up with him.
— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) June 10, 2016
The Hockey Hall of Fame is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Gordie Howe. Mr. Hockey was a true legend. pic.twitter.com/jIWj6tKR8h
— Hockey Hall of Fame (@HockeyHallFame) June 10, 2016
Let us pray for the Howe family during this difficult time. Rest in peace.