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Gordie Howe passed away at the age of 88 on Friday. Incredibly, and uniquely, Howe played professional hockey in six of the ten decades in which he lived. At 18 years of age, Howe scored the first of his many goals in his NHL debut with the Detroit Red Wings on October 16, 1946.

Detroit Red Wings legend Gordie Howe quote and infographic

At the time of his retirement, Howe’s NHL totals of 801 goals, 1,049 assists and 1,850 points all ranked first in the record books. Wayne Gretzky, who idolized “Mr. Hockey”, and would later surpass his records (with the exception of games played and games played with one team), was one of the first to pay tribute to the legendary No. 9.



Today the hockey world lost a role model and legend. Thank you for your contribution to the game, Mr. Hockey.

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Some of our favourite Gordie Howe photos. See the full gallery in our bio. #9RIP

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Forever Mr. Hockey.

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RIP, Gordie Howe. #MrHockey

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He will forever be remembered as one of the best of all time, a legend of the game. #9RIP #MrHockey

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Sending out thoughts and prayers to Gordie Howe's family. Rest well Mr. Hockey. #9RIP

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Our thoughts and prayers are with the Howe family after the passing of Mr. Hockey, Gordie Howe, today.

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#Legend. Gordie Howe's impact on hockey is nothing short of legendary. Rest in peace #MrHockey.

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Our thoughts are with Gordie Howe's family and @detroitredwings nation. Rest in peace, Mr. Hockey. #9RIP

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Our thoughts are with Gordie Howie's family and friends. Rest in peace, Mr. Hockey. #9RIP

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An all-time great.

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