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Red Wings legend Gordie Howe dies at age 88

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Detroit Red Wings' forward Gordie Howe is seen, Nov. 1967. (AP Photo) Detroit Red Wings' forward Gordie Howe is seen, Nov. 1967. (AP Photo)
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Detroit Red Wings legend Gordie Howe has passed away at the age of 88. 

The Detroit Red Wings confirmed "Mr. Hockey" died Friday morning in Ohio. 

The Hockey Hall of Famer, also known as "Mr. Hockey", suffered a significant stroke in October of 2014 and he traveled to Mexico for stem cell treatment, CBS News reported. Family members said that extended his life.

He celebrated his 88th birthday in March at the Joe Louis Arena to a sold-out crowd. The crowd gave him a standing ovation and led a rousing rendition of “Happy Birthday.”

Howe spent 25 years with the Red Wings from 1946 to 1971. Howe played in 1,767 career games, more than anyone in NHL history. He was third on the NHL's all-time career points list with 1,850, behind Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier and Jaromir Jagr. 

During his time with the Red Wings he won six scoring titles, six MVP awards and four Stanley Cups.  

Howe retired at the age of 52. He and his wife Colleen moved to Saskatoon, Canada.

TV5 crews snapped a picture of crews putting up this sign outside Joe Louis Arena Friday afternoon.

Congressman Dan Kildee issued the following statement today on Howe's passing:

“Gordie Howe was an inspiration and role model to me and I am saddened to hear of his passing. From my childhood years playing backyard pond hockey to being one of the captains of my high school hockey team, I idolized Gordie and his career with the Detroit Red Wings. Later in life, when his son coached the Flint minor league hockey team, Gordie would often come along to watch the games. He was as nice as can be – and I know everyone played the game a bit harder when ‘Mr. Hockey’ was around. Gordie was a legend and one of the greatest hockey players of all time, and he will be sorely missed. My thoughts and prayers are with the Howe family.”

Gov. Rick Snyder issued the following statement today on Howe's passing:

“Gordie Howe will forever be remembered as ‘Mr. Hockey,’ but he could also be known as ‘Mr. Detroit’ or ‘Mr. Michigan’ for the years of thrills he gave Red Wings fans in our state and around the world. He represented Detroit with pride and class.  In a city that cherishes its many champions, Howe was perhaps the most beloved.

“Howe became universally respected for his tough play and durability in a career that spanned decades, setting records that stood for years, and some that likely will never be broken. After eventually hanging up the skates, Howe continued living in Michigan and served as an ambassador for his sport and Detroit.

“His legacy in Michigan will carry on through the Gordie Howe International Bridge, which will stand as a united symbol between his home country and his adopted country, representing the teamwork he always embodied.

“Sue and I extend our condolences to the Howe family, and also a heartfelt thank you to a legend who epitomized the word ‘champion’ on and off the ice.”

Palace Sports & Entertainment released this statement:

“All of us at Palace Sports & Entertainment express our thoughts and condolences to the Howe family and the Detroit Red Wings organization in acknowledging the passing of Gordie Howe.  “Mr. Hockey” left an indelible mark on the sports landscape both locally and nationally.  His longevity is unmatched and we were proud to host the memorable game in 1997 where he eclipsed his sixth decade of competition while playing for the Detroit Vipers at The Palace.  His impact on hockey and the region is immeasurable and he was truly a legendary figure.”

>>Slideshow: Gordie Howe through the years<<

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