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NHL legend Gordie Howe dies at age 88

'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)
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 #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 #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)
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 Gordie Howe in 1970. (Photo by Sporting News/Sporting News via Getty Images)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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