Gordie Howe, NHL Hall of Famer and subject of Mr. Hockey: The Gordie Howe Story, passed away on Friday. He was 88.
His son, Marty Howe, confirmed the news to CNN, while his former hockey team, the Detroit Red Wings, mourned the loss. “Thoughts and prayers to the Howe family as Gordie Howe passes away at the age of 88,” read a statement on the team’s Twitter account. Howe played for the Red Wings for 25 years, followed by stints for the Houston Aeros, New England Whalers, and Hartford Whalers. Considered one of the greatest hockey players of all time, he was also the focus of the 2013 Hallmark movie Mr. Hockey: The Gordie Howe Story, which chronicled his return to the game at the age of 45 alongside his 18- and 19-year-old sons.
Michael Shanks (Saving Hope), who portrayed Howe in the film, tweeted, “Go skate, Gordie. Forever Mr. Hockey.”
The film is available for streaming here. Watch the trailer below.