NHL stars react to the death of Gordie Howe
NHL legend and hockey ambassador Gordon "Gordie" Howe died on Friday at 88.
Also known as "Mr. Hockey" or just "No. 9," the Saskatchewan native debuted in the NHL in 1946 at age 17, the first of his NHL record 25 consecutive seasons with the the Detroit Red Wings.
The physical winger and willing fighter's name is also used to denote when a player records a goal, assist and a fight in the same game -- the "Gordie Howe Hat Trick."
Last but certainly not least, another Detroit Red Wings hero, Steve Yzerman, gave the following statement:
Gordie Howe you will be missed. Thoughts and prayers. The reason I wore #9. #9RIP..— Mike Modano (@9modano) June 10, 2016
RIP Mr. Hockey. The creator of the best hat trick in hockey! You were truly a legend. #gordie— Matthew Calvert (@mattcalvert11) June 10, 2016
Today we lost a hockey legend. One of the all time greatest players, and possibly the sports… https://t.co/ajN84BYyQr— Brooks Laich (@brookslaich) June 10, 2016
Sad day for hockey. The ultimate competitor on the ice and a class act off of it. Rest in peace Mr. Hockey. https://t.co/sHoK5OTWF6— Sam Gagner (@89SGagner) June 10, 2016
What a thrill it must have been for Gordie Howe to play with two of his sons. Prayers go out to the Howe family. pic.twitter.com/7VpptBLViA— Martin Biron (@martybiron43) June 10, 2016
One of my earliest hockey memories was my Dad regaling me with the story of Gordie's fight with Lou Fontinato. pic.twitter.com/gyoFBXS40g— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) June 10, 2016
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