NHL hockey hall of famer Gordie Howe has died in Ohio.
The 88-year-old passed away just before 8:00 AM local time Friday.
The Detroit Red Wings confirmed the news to CBS Detroit.
Howe is considered one of the greatest hockey players of all time.
Howe was recruited by the Red Wings, and made his NHL debut in 1946.
“Mr. Hockey” is the only player to have competed in the NHL in five different decades: from the 1940’s to the 1980’s.
Howe had previously undergone stem-cell treatment after suffering a serious stroke in October of 2014, and a second one in November of the same year.
A local sledge hockey player still remembers the day he met the hockey hall of famer.
Ben Dooley was only 10-years-old when he met Mr. Hockey – but he remembers every moment of it.
“I think the thing that I remember most is his sense of humour, and he had more than enough time for me. He had all the time in the world to just hang out and talk”
Dooley met Howe at a fundraiser to get kids with physical and mental disabilities playing hockey.
Howe admired Dooley’s devotion from the game right from the start.
“He was definitely impressed, and he admired the passion that I had for the game of hockey.”
Dooley says he was a great guy off and on the ice.
Reaction continues to pour in on social media.