Last week as the world was saying final good-byes the G.O.A T. Muhammad Ali, we lost another sports all-time great. The legendary Gordie Howe passed away at the age of eighty-eight. Gordie Howe was known as Mr. Hockey which clearly and simply states his place in the game’s history. The great Wayne Gretzky, whom many consider the greatest, declared Howe the greatest ever. What more needs to be said. Well, for those who may need more, let’s look at the stats. Howe played 25 yrs for the Detroit Red Wings. They won 4 Stanley Cups. Howe was the NHL’s top scorer 6 times, the 6 time MVP, and played in a record 23 All-Star games. In 1971, he retired from the Red Wings as the NHL all-time leading scorer. He returned to hockey in 1973, at the age of 45, when he signed on to play in the newly formed NHL rival WHA. He came back to play along side two of his sons, Mark and Marty. Playing for the Houston Aeros, Howe led his team to the first of 2 consecutive league championships and was named the WHA MVP. Howe returned to the NHL in 1980 to play one last season with the Hartford Whalers. At the age of 52, he scored 41 points in that final season before again retiring from hockey. Gordie Howe was not just a scoring machine. He was a tough, top-notch, all-around player who gave or asked for no quarter. The scoring of a goal, an assist, and getting into a fight in the same game is known as a Gordie Howe hat trick. Because Howe gave as good or better than he got, he only picked up 3 Gordie Howe hat tricks during his entire playing career. Clearly, the times anyone messed with Gordie Howe were few and far between. Remarkably, at the age of 69, Gordie Howe took the ice one last time with the IHL’s Detroit Vipers for a single shift. In doing so, Howe became the only player to play in six different decades. To this day, Howe remains second, behind only Gretzky, on the all-time goal scoring list. For all of the above and more, Gordie Howe is hockey’s all-time greatest player. RIP Gordie Howe.