“We lost the greatest hockey player ever.” Wayne Gretzky, and others, on what the loss of Gordie Howe means.
Hockey legend Gordie Howe died at 88 on Friday. Howe was such an iconic figure he was simply known as Mr. Hockey. There was an outpouring of grief and condolences from around the world after the news of his death broke.
Here’s just a small sampling of what some hockey players, teams, and politicians had to say about Gordie Howe.
Unfortunately we lost the greatest hockey player ever today, but more importantly the nicest man I have ever met. (1/2)
— Wayne Gretzky (@OfficialGretzky) June 10, 2016
World lost one of the greatest human beings and the best all time hockey player. Thanks for many lessons and memories. RIP Gordie
— Pavel Datsyuk (@Datsyuk13) June 10, 2016
Very sad to hear about Gordie Howe #MrHockey#thebest9 He was one of my owners of my junior team and was a big reason I wear the number 9. — Evander Kane (@evanderkane_9) June 10, 2016
We lost a legend of the game today. Mr. Howe will be missed. Condolences to the Howe Family.
Photo: Denis Brodeur Sr pic.twitter.com/Ojkf0jORkG
— Martin Brodeur (@MartinBrodeur) June 10, 2016
My condolences to the family of Gordie Howe, the Detroit Red Wings and all his fans around the world. He will always be Mr. Hockey. — Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) June 10, 2016
What a thrill it must have been for Gordie Howe to play with two of his sons. Prayers go out to the Howe family. pic.twitter.com/7VpptBLViA
— Martin Biron (@martybiron43) June 10, 2016
Wirtz: “There’s a reason why he is called “Mr. Hockey,” because of what he did for the game…” — Chicago Blackhawks (@NHLBlackhawks) June 10, 2016
It was one of the highlights of my career to have met Gordie and spend even a few mins with him. He was a legend on and off the ice
— Matt Duchene (@Matt9Duchene) June 10, 2016
There’s no Mr. Baseball or Mr. Football, but there was one Mr. Hockey. RIP Gordie. #9RIP
— Brett Hull (@HOFBlues16) June 10, 2016