Gordie Howe, recognized as the greatest NHL player who ever lived, died Friday June 10th, the Red Wings announced.
Forever known as Mr Hockey, Gordie set a number of records that many fans worldwide had considered to be untouchable. Tough in many aspects of his career, Gordie was a player not to cross and not to take lightly.
Playing a grand total of 26 NHL seasons, 25 seasons with the Detroit Red Wings and a brief season with the Hartford Whalers, and a 6 season stint in the WHA.
Gordie’s list of achievements:
Playing until the age of 52, Gordie scored 801 goals and 1,850 points in 1,767 regular-season games.
A 23 time NHL All-Star.
Four time Stanley Cup Champion: 1950, 1952, 1954 and 1955
He was the League’s top scorer in four straight seasons, from 1951-54, and again in 1956-57 and 1962-63.
Winning the Art Ross Trophy and Hart Trophy six times.
Pioneered his own hockey stable, the Gordie Howe Hat Trick.
Set standards that were believed to be out of reach until “The Great One”, Wayne Gretzky arrived in the 1980′s
“He’s 19, I’m 35, so I guess he was seven years old when I played my first game here. He’s going to be here for a long time. Everyone around Detroit here is going to enjoy him for many, many years. I’m going to call him for tickets down the road. It’s special playing with him his first year, that’s something that I’ll probably always remember and probably tell my kids when I get older” - Henrik Zetterberg
The Red Wings and Flyers joined the Islanders, Wild, Lightning, Rangers, Panthers, Penguins, Predators, Sharks, Blackhawks, Blues, Ducks, Stars, Kings and Capitals in the playoffs. The teams are now set.