It is with great regret that we inform you of the death of Detroit Red Wings great Gordie Howe, known to millions as “Mr. Hockey.” Howe, was 88.
From CBS Detroit:
More than two years ago, the hockey world worried about the health of one of its all-time favorites when the Detroit Red Wings legend and Hockey Hall of Famer had suffered what was termed as a significant stroke in October 2014.
In the weeks and months following the stroke, Howe’s family did their best to keep the public up to date on the legendary player’s recovery, and he later traveled to Mexico, where he had a stem cell treatment that family members said had given him a miraculous recovery.
The main reason the Howe children decided to take Gordie to Mexico, was that they did not believe their dad would last much longer otherwise.
“We knew that if we didn’t do anything he would be dead within a couple of weeks because he would not want to live the way he was living,” his son Murray Howe said at the time. “Just laying in a bed, that’s just not him.
With much fanfare, he celebrated his 88th birthday in March at Joe Louis Arena in front of a sold-out crowd. The jubilant crowd gave him a standing ovation and led a rousing rendition of “Happy Birthday.”
“He wanted to eat, sleep, look like and play hockey like Gordie Howe,” Scotty Bowman, the most successful coach in history commented on the gordiehowe.com website. “I pick Gordie as my No. 1 all-time player. He played the longest. He was the toughest player of his era. He was the best offensive player and defensively he was used in all situations. He could play center, right wing, and defense. He could shoot right and he could shoot left. If you could make a mold for a hockey player it would be him. I never thought there was another player close to him.”
Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Howe family during this tragic time.