The hockey world mourned the death of Gordie Howe on Friday. Howe, who died at 88, was known as "Mr. Hockey." Tributes poured in from fans, hockey notables and public figures alike.
The Detroit Red Wings, where Howe spent a staggering four decades as a player, posted this tribute and changed their Twitter logo to the number nine, the number Howe wore.
Some fans even wanted the team to change the name of their arena to honour Howe.
Gordie Howe Arena. Do it @DetroitRedWings.— Red Wing Diehards™ (@RedWingDiehards) June 10, 2016
Tributes also rolled in from a number of NHL teams.
— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) June 10, 2016
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose tweeted their condolences.
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
'Gracious And Humble Away From The Rink'
Calgary Flames great Theo Fleury mentioned Howe's humble attitude off the ice.
Sportsnet posted this video of Wayne Gretzky talking about his relationship to Howe.
Hockey historian @NHLHistoryGirl also shared some amazing Howe stories which gave us some idea of his tenacity on the ice and his good nature.
Unbelievably tough. (Story from Mark Howe) pic.twitter.com/3ePoQ3gl0e— Jen (@NHLhistorygirl) June 10, 2016
1959, WIngs held Gordie Howe night, gave him new car. Inside were his parents, who'd never seen him play NHL pic.twitter.com/mDI2HSqMP3— Jen (@NHLhistorygirl) June 10, 2016
'Strap On Your Skates, Gordie'
Howe also left his mark on pop culture in the strangest ways. Many people remembered Howe's cameo on the Simpsons as Woodrow, Mrs. Krabappel's fake pen-pal boyfriend.
The Week also dredged up the fact that Howe sent along his jersey to the producers of now-iconic 1980s film Ferris Bueller's Day Off. The Red Wings jersey was worn by Bueller's best friend Cameron.
Howe suffered a serious stroke in 2014 and U.S. broadcaster Keith Olbermann gave this fantastic tribute which is worth revisiting.
Rest in peace, Mr. Hockey.
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