Howe, 86, is resting at his daughter's house in Texas, his son said.
Howe's first professional season was in 1945 at the age of 17 with the Omaha Knights, a minor league team. He ended up playing 32 professional seasons: 25 with the Red Wings, four with WHA's Houston Aeros and three with the New England/Hartford Whalers. He won four Stanley Cups with Red Wings.
In Howe's final season, the Whalers' first in the NHL, he scored 15 goals at the age of 51.
Howe holds numerous NHL records, including the record for regular season games played and most games played with a single team. He scored at least 20 goals in 22 consecutive seasons.
- Dan Gartland