Gordie Howe, the most legendary name in the history of professional hockey, died yesterday. He was 88. Howe suffered a serious stroke in October 2014 and battled dementia since 2012.
Known simply as “Mr. Hockey,” Howe played 26 seasons in the NHL and 6 seasons in the World Hockey Association. He’s the all-time leader in games played in the NHL with 1,767. He’s second in career goals (801) and fourth in career points (1,850). He won four Stanley Cups with the Detroit Red Wings, and was a 23-time All-Star selection. Howe's list of achievements leaves him head and shoulders above his peers. He finished in the top five in scoring for 20 straight seasons, helped lead the Red Wings to an NHL-record seven straight regular-season championships, and won the Hart Trophy as the NHL's most valuable player and the Art Ross Trophy as the League's top scorer 6 times. He played his last game at age 52.
Howe was not just a scorer he was a tough guy and sometimes enforcer known for his ability to work in the corners and his ability to go head to head with anyone on the ice.. Howe accumulated 1,685 penalty minutes in his NHL career and had more penalty minutes than points in 11 of his 26 seasons.
Interesting enough Howe had a professional tryout with the New York Rangers. They decided not to sign him. Imagine if they did.
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