NHL legend Gordie Howe dies at age 88

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'Mr. Hockey' Gordie Howe Dead at 88

On Friday morning, Gordie Howe died at 88 years old in Ohio, according to CBS Detroit. Howe is one of the greatest players to ever grace the ice, playing from 1946-71 before playing in the World Hockey Association for seven seasons. In 1979, Howe returned to the National Hockey League to play with his sons, finishing with the Hartford Whalers.

Howe was the NHL's all-time leading scorer with 801 goals and 1,850 points before Wayne Gretzky came along and shattered his records. Still, Howe will forever be known as Mr. Hockey and has a hat trick named after him, one a player records with a goal, assist and fight.

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Howe led the NHL in points six times and once broke the 100-point barrier in an era that didn't see that accomplishment often. He also won four Stanley Cup championships with the Red Wings, being the leader of one of the great teams of all-time.

Howe's passing is the end of an era for many hockey fans, who lived for the rough nature of the game before ample rules were changed to protect players. Howe was the epitome of a man's man, and undoubtedly will be honored in a large way before Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final.

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Gordie Howe #9 of the Detriot Red Wings lines up the puck during a game against the Boston Bruins circa 1951 at Olympia Stadium in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Bruce Bennett Studios/Getty Images)
The Howe brothers face each other on the ice. On left is Gordie Howe of the Detroit Red Wings and on right is Vic Howe of the New York Rangers circa 1954 in New York, New York. (Photo by Charles Hoff/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
Head coach Jimmy Skinner (foreground right, in lighter suit) of the Detroit Red Wings holds his hat in his hand as he leans in to kiss the Stanley Cup trophy after his team won, Detroit, Michigan, April 14, 1955. Among the others pictured are National Hockey League (NHL) President Clarence Campbell (1905 - 1984) (in dark suit), Gordie Howe (second right), and Terry Sawchuk (1929 - 1970) (right). (Photo by Bruce Bennett Studios/Getty Images)
Gordie Howe of the Detroit Red Wings 1956. (AP Photo)
Gordie Howe of the Detroit Red Wings Jan. 25, 1958. (AP Photo)
Canadian NHL referee and former professional football player Red Storey (1918 - 2006) (center) gets in between Canadian professional hockey players Gordie Howe of the Detroit Red Wings (left) and Ted Kennedy of the Toronto Maple Leafs during a game, 1950s. (Photo by Bruce Bennett Studios/Getty Images)
Gordie Howe of the Detroit Red Wings in posed action, Oct. 22, 1959. (AP Photo)
Gordie Howe #9 of the Detroit Red Wings scores a goal against Johnny Bower #1 of the Toronto Maple Leafs during their NHL game in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Denis Brodeur/NHLI via Getty Images)
Gordie Howe of the Detroit Red Wings poses with the hockey puck in the dressing room at Madison Square Garden after he scored the 500th goal of his National Hockey League career in New York City, March 14, 1962. Howe scored in the second period against the New York Rangers. Rangers won, 3-2. (AP Photo)
National Hockey League President Clarence Campbell (right) presents Gordie Howe star forward of the Detroit Red Wings two trophies before the start of season's opening game with Chicago Black Hawks in Detroit on Oct. 10, 1963. Trophies are the Hart, for being the league'€™s most valuable player last season, and the Ross, for topping all scorers in the 1962-63 campaign. Howe scored two goals in first period against Chicago to come within three goals of the all-time goal scored record. (AP Photo/Alvin Quinn
Gordie Howe, Detroit Red Wings star forward, is surrounded by teammates as he kneels at boards after scoring his 544th goal and tieing the National Hockey League all-time record on Oct. 27, 1963 in Detroit. Howe'€™s goal equaled the record held by former Montreal Canadiens star Maurice Richard and came against his team on Detroit ice. From left: Larry Jeffrey, Bill Gadsby, Howe, and Terry Sawchuck. Behind Howe is Alex Faulkner. (AP Photo/ Alvin Quinn
In this Nov. 10, 1963 file photo, the Detroit Red Wings' Gordie Howe (9) acknowledges applause from the fans during a 20-minute standing ovation after he scored the 545th goal of his National Hockey League career at Detroit's Olympia Stadium, to set the leagues' to set the all-time scoring mark. The NHL has the best names in the business. Nicknames, that is. Little Ball of Hate. The Great One. Tazer. Bicksy. How is known as the "Mr. Hockey." (AP Photo/File)
When it came to stopping Detroit Red Wings' Ted Lindsay, left, Gordie Howe, center and Alex Delvecchio, it was no cigar. The trio, shown in this undated file photo, ranks fifth, first and second, respectively, on the team's all-time points list. On Oct. 16, 1946, Howe played his first NHL game and scored his first goal. Howe finished his career which spanned four decades and 2,421 games with 1,071 goals and 21 All-Star appearances. (AP Photo/Detroit Red Wings, file)
Gordie Howe #9 of the Detroit Red Wings sits on the bench during an NHL game against the New York Rangers on November 22, 1964 at the Madison Square Garden in New York, New York. (Photo by B Bennett/Getty Images)
Detroit Red Wings' star Gordie Howe is flanked by Norman Ullman, left, and coach Sid Abel, after the Stanley Cup semi-final game in Detroit in which Detroit beat the Chicago Black Hawks, 6-3, April 5, 1965. (AP Photo/Alvin Quinn)
BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 28: Gordie Howe #9 of the Detroit Red Wings holds the puck that he scored his 600th career goal with from the night before against the Montreal Canadiens before his game against the Boston Bruins on November 28, 1965 at the Boston Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Bruce Bennett Studios/Getty Images)
MONTREAL - 1965: Gordie Howe #9 of the Detroit Red Wings skates against the Montreal Canadiens in 1965 at the Montreal Forum in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Denis Brodeur/NHLI via Getty Images)
Detroit Red Wings' forward Gordie Howe is seen, Nov. 1967. (AP Photo)
Canadian Gordie Howe, star of the Detroit Red Wings in the National Hockey League, displays a hockey puck with the number 700 on it signifying the scoring of his 700th career goal in Pittsburgh, Pa., Dec. 5, 1968. (AP Photo)
Detroit Red Wings Gordie Howe in 1970. (Photo by Sporting News/Sporting News via Getty Images)
A 1971 photo of Gordie Howe, of the Detroit Red Wings, one of the all-time greats in the National Hockey League. (AP photo)
Gordie Howe #9 of the Detriot Red Wings skates on the ice during an NHL game against the Minnesota North Stars on March 17, 1968 at the Met Center in Bloomington, Minnesota. (Photo by Bruce Bennett Studios/Getty Images)
Gordie Howe #9 of the Detroit Red Wings poses for a photo in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by Denis Brodeur/NHLI via Getty Images)
Gordie Howe #9 of the Hartford Whalers skates against the Boston Bruins at the Hartford Civic Center. (Photo by Steve Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)
Gordie Howe. Photo taken by Frank Lennon/Toronto Star March 31, 1971. (Frank Lennon/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - 1973: Gordie Howe poses with his son Mark Howe of the Houston Aeros as Gordie won the MVP and his son was named Rookie of the Year for 1973 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bruce Bennett Studios/Getty Images)
Houston Aeros'€™ Gordie Howe during a practice session on Feb. 28, 1974 in Houston, Tex. (AP Photo/Ed Kolenovsky)
Gordie Howe, right, of the Houston Aeros, comes in to head Tom Earl of the New England Whalers off rom the puck during the first period of the World Hockey Association playoff game in Hartford, Conn., May 11, 1976. The Aeros and the Whalers are playing a best-of-seven series to determine the winner of the U.S. division of the WHA. The winner will meet the Winnipeg Jets of Canada for the league championship. (AP Photo/Bob Child)
A smiling Gordie Howe and his wife Colleen greet their guests at a roast held to celebrate Howe's 50th birthday, on March 30, 1978, in Bloomfield, Conn. Howe is currently playing professional hockey for the thirtieth year with the New England Whalers of the World Hockey Association. (AP Photo)
Gordie Howe of the Hartford Whalers demonstrates the use of a two-day video set up for conferences in Hartford on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 1980. Howe was able to take questions from a group of youth hockey players 50 miles away and outline plays for them on a blackboard. The blackboard image was then sent over telephone lines to a video set. (AP Photo/Bob Child)
Bobby Hull #9 of the Winnipeg Jets and Gordie Howe #9 of the Houston Aeros faceoff over the camera during a photo shoot between the two legends before their game circa 1976 at the Summit in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Melchior DiGiacomo/Getty Images)
Gordie Howe #9 of the Hartford Whalers skates with puck in game against the Boston Bruins at the Springfield Civic Center. (Photo by Steve Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)
UNDATED: Hartford Whalers' Gordie Howe #9 answers questions during an interview in the locker room. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
Gordie Howe #9 of the Hartford Whalers poses for a portrait in January, 1980 in Hartford, Connecticut. (Photo by Bruce Bennett Studios/Getty Images)
Gordie Howe #9 of the Hartford Whalers skates against Guy Lapointe #5 of the Montreal Canadiens during their NHL game in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by Denis Brodeur/NHLI via Getty Images)
Gordie Howe #9 of the Hartford Whalers looks on against the Montreal Canadiens in the1980's at the Montreal Forum in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Denis Brodeur/NHLI via Getty Images)
Gordie Howe #9 of the Hartford Whalers skates against Normand Baron #31 of the Montreal Canadiens in 1983 at the Montreal Forum in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Denis Brodeur/NHLI via Getty Images)
Gordie Howe waves to the crowd before an exhibition game of the Masters of Hockey on March 24, 1983 at the Brendan Byrne Arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by B Bennett/Getty Images)
Gordie Howe skates on the ice during an exhibition game of the Masters of Hockey on March 24, 1983 at the Brendan Byrne Arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by B Bennett/Getty Images)
Former NHL star Bobby Orr, left, trips up another hockey oldtimer, Gordie Howe, right, during Masters of Hockey game Feb.4,1983 in the Boston Garden. Alumni of the Boston Bruins played a collection of retired NHL stard in the game. (AP photo/Peter Southwick)
Gordie Howe presents his son Mark Howe with the Emery Edge Award for being the NHL Leader in plus/minus figures at the Montreal Forum in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Denis Brodeur/NHLI via Getty Images)
Gordie Howe and Wayne Gretzky #99 of the Los Angeles Kings hold pucks with the number of career points after Gretzky broke Howe's career points record during the game against the Edmonton Oilers on October 15, 1989 at the Northlands Coliseum in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by B Bennett/Getty Images)
Gordie Howe and Alex Taskey; 9 (Photo by Bernard Weil/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
L.A. Kings star Wayne Gretzky is greeted by Gordie Howe in Edmonton, on Oct. 15, 1989 after Gretzky broke Howe's all time scoring record. Gretzky broke the record by scoring career goal number 1,851 in overtime. (AP Photo)
Gordie Howe hits the ice during practice for Friday'€™s Old Timers Game in New York's Madison Square Garden on Thursday, Jan. 20, 1994. The 1965 MVP is just one of the NHL stars on hand for a weekend culminating in the NHL All-Star Game to be played at the Garden, Saturday, Jan. 22, 1994. (AP Photo/Betsy Herzog)
1994 Season: Hall Of Famer Gordie Howe And Player Gordie Howe. (Photo by Bruce Bennett Studios/Getty Images)
CANADA - JANUARY 09: W. Gordie Howe (Photo by Toronto Star Archives/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
Hockey legend Gordie Howe speaks to the media Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2000, before the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame's 27th Annual Enshrinement Dinner at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn. Howe, his wife, Colleen, and his two sons, Mark and Marty, were named the recipients of the Hockey Hall of Fame's Wayne Gretzky Award, given to people who have made significant contributions to the growth of American hockey. The Howe family is recognized as the first family of hockey and Gordie Howe is recognized as the greatest player of his time with a career spanning five decades. (AP Photo/Dawn Villella)
NHL Hall of Fame member and former Detroit Red Wings' Gordie Howe prepares to throw beads to the crowd during America's Thanksgiving Day Parade in Detroit, Thursday, Nov. 27, 2003. Howe served as the parade's grand marshall. (AP Photo/Paul Warner)
Hockey Hall of Famer Gordie Howe stands next to a statue of himself at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Tuesday, April 10, 2007. The white bronze statue created by Omri Amrany will be displayed inside the Gordie Howe entrance at the arena. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
ATLANTA - JANUARY 26: NHL Hall of Famer Gordie Howe greets Eastern Conference All-Star Martin St. Louis #26 of the Tampa Bay Lightning in the locker room during the media availabilty as part of the 2008 NHL All-Star weekend at Philips Arena on January 26, 2008 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Gordie Howe #9 a former Detroit Red Wing and his sons Marty Howe (L) and Mark Howe (R) during a celebration of his 80th birthday before an NHL game between the Detroit Red Wings and the Nashville Predators on March 30, 2008 at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Dave Reginek/NHLI via Getty Images)
Gordie Howe #9 a Detroit Red Wing legend is presented a leather jacket by Red Wings GM Ken Holland during a celebration of Gordie's 80th birthday before a NHL game between the Detroit Red Wings and the Nashville Predators on March 30, 2008 at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan. Gordie's son Marty Howe helps put the jacket on and NHL senior vice president, Jim Gregory (L), presents him with a framed jersey, displaying his rookie number (17) and the official score sheet from his first NHL game – in which he scored his first NHL goal. (Photo by Dave Reginek/NHLI via Getty Images)
Gordie Howe accepts his lifetime achievement award during the 2008 NHL Awards at the at the Elgin Theatre on June 12, 2008 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images for NHL)
Gordie Howe remembers his old friend Maurice Richard by presenting his jersey along with Jean Beliveau during the celebrations for the centenary of the Montreal Canadiens before the game against the Boston Bruins on December 4, 2009 at the Bell Center in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Francois Lacasse/NHLI via Getty Images)
The jersey retirement banner for Gordie Howe #9 of the Detroit Red Wings (1946-1971) hangs in the rafters during a game against the Minnesota Wild on March 11, 2010 at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Hockey Hall of Fame father and son Gordie Howe and son Mark Howe, who was just recently enducted enjoy an NHL game between the Colorado Avalanche and the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena on November 8, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Dave Reginek/NHLI via Getty Images)
(L-R) 2011 Hall of Fame inductee Mark Howe poses along with his father Gordie Howe during a photo opportunity at the Hockey Hall Of Fame on November 14, 2011 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Gordie Howe waves to the crowd during his son's Mark Howe of the Philadelphia Flyers number-retirement ceremony on March 6, 2012 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Flyers would go on to defeat the Detroit Red Wings 3-2. (Photo by Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images)
In an undated image provided by Crown Media United States, former Detroit Red Wings hockey great Gordie Howe is seen. A made-for-TV movie, "Mr. Hockey: The Gordie Howe Story," focuses on the season the Hall-of-Famer teamed up with his sons in Houston. The U.S. premiere of the film is Saturday, May 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Crown Media United States, Andrew Eccles)
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