Gordie Howe, known as ‘Mr. Hockey,’ dies at 88

FILE - This is a Nov. 1967, file photo showing Detroit Red Wings hockey player Gordie Howe. Howe, the rough-and-tumble Canadian farm boy whose boundless blend of talent and toughness made him the NHL’s quintessential star during a career that lasted into his 50s, has died. He was 88. (AP Photo/File)

FILE – This is a Nov. 1967, file photo showing Detroit Red Wings hockey player Gordie Howe. Howe, the rough-and-tumble Canadian farm boy whose boundless blend of talent and toughness made him the NHL’s quintessential star during a career that lasted into his 50s, has died. He was 88. (AP Photo/File)

DETROIT (AP) — Gordie Howe, the hockey great who set scoring records that stood for decades, has died. He was 88.

Son Murray Howe confirmed the death Friday, texting to The Associated Press: “Mr Hockey left peacefully, beautifully, and w no regrets.”

Howe set NHL marks with 801 goals and 1,850 points that held up until Wayne Gretzky surpassed his idol in the record books.

Howe was also so famously fierce, using elbows and fists to rough up opponents, that a “Gordie Howe Hat Trick,” became synonymous with the combination of having a goal, an assist and a fight in one game.

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