Hockey fans are in mourning after it was revealed that legendary player Gordie Howe died on Friday. He was 88 years-old.
According to The Political Insider, Howe was known as Mr. Hockey, and he holds the NHL records for most games (1,767) and seasons (26). The 801 goals he scored during his career are second only to Wayne Gretzky’s 894.
Howe began playing for the Detroit Red Wings in 1946, and continued with them for 25 years before retiring at age 52. He played on four Stanley Cup championship teams during his amazing career.
Unfortunately, the last few years had been difficult for Howe. He began suffering memory loss from the early stages of dementia before his beloved wife Colleen died in 2009 from Pick’s disease, a rare form of dementia similar to Alzheimer’s. How himself suffered a series of strokes in October of 2014, and though his health briefly improved after treatment, the Alzheimer’s eventually 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
Rest in peace, Gordie Howe!