Canadians react to Gordie Howe's death with heavy hearts

Jun 10 2016, 4:45 pm

Hockey great Gordie Howe passed away at the age of 88 on Friday morning, leaving behind a legacy.

“Mr. Hockey” played more than 1700 games in both the NHL and WHA during his storied career that ended with his retirement in 1980. His records for goals, assists, and points lasted until Wayne Gretzky broke them.

He was also part-owner of the Vancouver Giants.

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The passing of ‘Mr. Hockey’ meant people and organizations took to Twitter to express their condolences, including Prime Minister Trudeau, Michael Bublé, and George Stromboulopoulos.

Unsurprisingly, Wayne Gretzky, who idolized Howe, says we’ve lost the “greatest hockey player ever.”

Howe’s health had taken a noticeable decline in recent years after he suffered a stroke in 2014 and battled with dementia.