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Friday, June 10, 2016

Gordie Howe (Mr. Hockey) Dead at 88

DETROIT, June 10 (UPI) -- Gordie Howe, whose talents and endurance made him among the most beloved of hockey players, died Friday at 88.
Gordie Howe
The man regarded as "Mr. Hockey" had cognitive impairment and short-term memory loss in his later years, and suffered a stroke in 2014. He died in Toledo, Ohio, where his son lives.

A native of Floral, Saskatchewan, Howe is best known for his tenure with the Detroit Red Wings, who announced his death. He played in Detroit from 1946 to 1971, winning four Stanley Cups. He retired with 801 goals in his National Hockey League career, second only behind the record of Wayne Gretzky.

Howe long maintained his record of 20 straight seasons as a top-five scorer in the league was his proudest accomplishment in the sport.

He moved on to the upstart World Hockey Association, playing for teams in Houston and Hartford. In all he played 25 years in the NHL, six in the WHA, then one more year in the NHL as the Hartford team entered the league. He skated for one shift in 1997, at age 69, for the minor league Detroit Vipers, putting a close on 33 years of playing professional hockey.

Soft-spoken and shy off the ice, with an easy laugh and a self-depreciating sense of humor, he was known as a battler. A phrase still used in hockey parlance is "the Gordie Howe hat trick," which is the accomplishment by one player, of a goal, an assist and a fight in a single game.

After the death of his wife, Coleen, in 2009, Howe became involved in the fight against Alzheimer 's disease, establishing a foundation in partnership with the University of Toronto.(end UP story - Photos are not from UP)
Gordie Howe
Gordon "Gordie" Howe, OC was a Canadian professional ice hockey player. From 1946 to 1980, Howe played twenty-six seasons in the National Hockey League and six seasons in the World Hockey Association; his first 25 seasons were spent with the Detroit Red Wings. Nicknamed "Mr. Hockey", Howe is considered one of the greatest hockey players of all time. A 23-time NHL All-Star, Howe held many of the sport's scoring records until they were broken in the 1990s by Wayne Gretzky. Howe continues to hold NHL records for most games and seasons played.

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