DETROIT (AP) – Gordie Howe, the hockey great who set scoring records that stood for decades, has died. He was 88.
Son Murray Howe confirmed the death Friday, texting to The Associated Press: “Mr Hockey left peacefully, beautifully, and with no regrets.”
Howe set NHL marks with 801 goals and 1,850 points that held up until Wayne Gretzky surpassed his idol in the record books.
Howe was also so famously fierce, using elbows and fists to rough up opponents, that a “Gordie Howe Hat Trick,” became synonymous with the combination of having a goal, an assist and a fight in one game.
Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland says Gordie Howe was the greatest Red Wing of all time and may have been greatest player in NHL history.
“He was one of the greatest players, if not the greatest, in the history of the National Hockey League and the greatest Red Wing of all time,” Holland said Friday, after Howe died at his daughter’s home in Ohio.
“He was a big power forward, one of the biggest players of his time, with as much skill and toughness as anybody who ever played. As a human being, he was incredible. He loved to be around people and to make them laugh. He was an incredible ambassador for the sport. This is a sad day for hockey.”
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