TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - Legendary Detroit Red Wings hockey player, Gordie Howe, has died.
A statement released by Howe's family said the 88 year old hockey great died "peacefully this morning with his family by his side."
The statement went on to say: "Gordie had a special connection
with Red Wings fans and was always touched by their commitment. We are celebrating the life of a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and a friend to all."
Howe, known as Mr. Hockey, is considered by many as the greatest hockey player of all time.
Howe is a 23-time NHL All-Star. Howe made his NHL debut in 1946 for the Detroit Red Wings and led the league in scoring each year from 1950 to 1954. He won the Stanley Cup with the Red Wings four times.
Howe retired in 1971 and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Howe also played with his sons Mark and Marty with the Houston Aeros of the World Hockey Association. His son Murray is a Toledo area doctor. In his later years he battled the effects of a stroke and lived with his son.