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Hockey legend Gordie Howe dies at 88

Gordie Howe became known as 'Mr. Hockey'. A well-deserved nickname after a 34-year career.

Gordie Howe became known as ‘Mr. Hockey’. A well-deserved nickname after a 34-year career.

Legendary hockey star Gordie Howe died on Friday at 88 years old. Howe became known as ‘Mr. Hockey’ after a remarkable 34-year career.

Howe was a multi-generation star, beginning his professional hockey career in 1945 before retiring after the 1979-80 season at 52 years old. No other player in history has played past the age of 48.

With a career that long it should be no surprise that How played the most NHL regular season games (1,767), most games with a single team (1,687 with the Detroit Red Wings), most combined NHL and WHA regular season games (2,186) and playoff games (2,421) and seasons (32).

His 801 goals is second only to Wayne Gretzy in the history of the league and he is fourth on the all-time points list with 1,767 in his career. From 1949 to 1971, Howe set a record with 22-straight seasons with at least 20 goals. He was the first player to score over 1,000 goals between the WHA and NHL (regular season and playoffs combined) with 1,071 in his professional career.

Howe was a 23-time NHL All-Star, 12-time NHL First Team All-Star, four-time Stanley Cup champion, six-time Art Ross Trophy winner and six-time Hart Memorial Trophy winner. He was inducted to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1972 before he was even retired.

In the years leading up to his death Howe was said to have been battling early stages of dementia and suffered two disabling strokes in October 2014.

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