Hall of Famer Gordie Howe died on Friday morning at the age of 88, inspiring many teams and athletes to post their tributes to “Mr. Hockey” on social media.
Howe’s hockey career stretched over five decades, beginning in 1946 with the Detroit Red Wings and concluding in 1980 with the Hartford Whalers. In his 25 years with the Red Wings, Howe won the Stanley Cup four times and the Hart Trophy six times for being the league MVP.
Howe suffered a serious stroke and nearly died in October 2014, but he underwent stem cell treatment last summer and improved so much he was able to attend a Red Wings game this March, just before his 88th birthday.
Unfortunately we lost the greatest hockey player ever today, but more importantly the nicest man I have ever met. (1/2)— Wayne Gretzky (@OfficialGretzky) June 10, 2016
Sending our thoughts and prayers to the Howe family and to the millions of hockey fans who like me loved Gordie Howe. RIP Mr. Hockey. (2/2)— Wayne Gretzky (@OfficialGretzky) June 10, 2016
My condolences to the family of Gordie Howe, the Detroit Red Wings and all his fans around the world. He will always be Mr. Hockey.— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) June 10, 2016
World lost one of the greatest human beings and the best all time hockey player. Thanks for many lessons and memories. RIP Gordie— Pavel Datsyuk (@Datsyuk13) June 10, 2016
Rest in peace Gordie Howe, Mr. Hockey— Ryan Pulock (@rpulock) June 10, 2016
Very sad to hear about Gordie Howe #MrHockey#thebest9 He was one of my owners of my junior team and was a big reason I wear the number 9.— Evander Kane (@evanderkane_9) June 10, 2016
Today we lost a hockey legend. One of the all time greatest players, and possibly the sports all-time greatest ambassador, Mr Hockey Gordie Howe has passed away. He forever changed the game in more ways than one can count, you will be deeply missed! #rip
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A true legend of the game. You're contributions in life and in hockey will never be forgotten Mr. Howe. Rest in peace.— Kyle Okposo (@bookerT2116) June 10, 2016