Howe played more than 1,700 games in the NHL and scored more than 800 goals — only Wayne Gretzky has more. He is widely known simply as “Mr. Hockey.”
He won the Stanley Cup with the Red Wings four times, won six Hart Trophies as the league’s most valuable player, and won six Art Ross Trophies as the leading scorer during his time with Detroit between 1946 and 197 (ESPN).
He still holds numerous team records. Howe is so beloved in Detroit, across Michigan and in his home country of Canada that a new bridge to be built between Detroit and Windsor has been named in his honor: Gordie Howe International Bridge.
He had been a fixture at Joe Louis Arena long after he retired. He was a favorite among fans and current players, who often spoke about his presence around the dressing room.
In 2015, Howe’s family said he underwent stem cell treatment after he suffered a stroke. The family said he had a “miraculous” recovery after he underwent the treatment.
But that’s exactly the way everyone else remembers Mr. Hockey — off the ice. On the ice, however, Howe had the reputation of a mean, fierce competitor. Hockey greats said his physicality matched his talent with the puck. In his illustrious career he amassed 1,685 penalty minutes.
Now, decades after he hung up his skates, hockey fans still refer to the “Gordie Howe Hat Trick,” which is when a player scores a goal, tallies an assist and gets in a fight all in the same game. His legacy will live on, and he will be truly missed.