Gordie Howe “Mr Hockey”
CBJ — In the span of one week the sports world has lost two of its legends. First it was Muhammad Ali and now hockey great Gordie Howe has passed away at the age of 88.
A Canadian icon, Howe grew up in Saskatchewan and became known to many as Mr. Hockey. While there were players who could score more goals, Howe was considered the best all-round player in the game — perhaps of all-time — for his ability to score goals, his play-making abilities and his toughness and leadership.
Making his NHL debut for Detroit on Oct. 16, 1946, against the Toronto Maple Leafs, Howe played 32 professional hockey seasons, more than any other man. He also was the oldest player to score in the NHL and made hockey a family affair when he skated with sons Mark and Marty.
Howe was named an all-star 21 times, including 12 first-team selections on right wing, and helped the Detroit Red Wings hoist the Stanley Cup four times. He won the NHL scoring title and MVP award six times each.
He was 52, and a grandfather, when he finally retired in 1980 while playing with the Hartford Whalers — eight years after he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame and nine years after being appointed into the Order of Canada.