Gordie Howe dies at 88

According to cbc.ca by  Rob Sinclair: The nickname “Mr. Hockey” said it all. Gordie Howe, widely regarded as the most complete player in the history of the sport, has died at the age of 88.

The Detroit Red Wings confirmed the news Friday. Howe’s health had deteriorated in recent years, and he suffered a series of strokes in the fall of 2014.

As a player, longevity and productivity were Howe hallmarks. No one proved more durable.

The native of Floral, Sask., played an unparalleled 33 professional seasons, breaking into the pro ranks in 1945 as a teenager with the Omaha Knights of the United Hockey League and skating one final shift for the Detroit Vipers of the International Hockey League in 1997 — at the age of 69.

In between, he spent 25 seasons in the National Hockey League with the Red Wings and six more in the rival World Hockey Association before returning to the NHL for one last hurrah with the Hartford Whalers.

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