Newspaper article The Canadian Press

'He Was One of the Greatest': A Compilation of Quotes on the Late Gordie Howe

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

'He Was One of the Greatest': A Compilation of Quotes on the Late Gordie Howe

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Quotes on the death of hockey legend Gordie Howe

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Gordie Howe died Friday at the age of 88. Here is a compilation of quotes about the Hockey Hall of Famer:

"Unfortunately we lost the greatest hockey player ever today, but more importantly the nicest man I have ever met. Sending our thoughts and prayers to the Howe family and to the millions of hockey fans who like me loved Gordie Howe. RIP Mr. Hockey." -- Wayne Gretzky, via Twitter.

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"It was very saddening to hear the news of Gordie's passing this morning. He has been an icon not only in Detroit, but throughout the entire hockey world for as long as I can remember. As one of the greatest players to ever play in the NHL, the majority of his career being in Detroit, it was an honour to wear the same uniform, spend time with, laugh, joke and seek advice from him. Gordie's humility and kindness left a permanent impression on me, greatly influencing how I tried to conduct myself throughout my career.

"His impact on the Red Wings organization is still evident today. I travel the world and constantly hear stories from people who love the Wings and share memories of the glory days when Gordie and his teammates ruled the NHL." -- Former Red Wings captain Steve Yzerman.

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"All hockey fans grieve the loss of the incomparable Gordie Howe. A remarkable athlete whose mastery of our sport was reflected by the longevity of his career and by his nickname, 'Mr. Hockey,' Gordie's commitment to winning was matched only by his commitment to his teammates, to his friends, to the Red Wings, to the city of Detroit and -- above all -- to his family ...

"Gordie's greatness travels far beyond mere statistics; it echoes in the words of veneration spoken by countless players who joined him in the Hockey Hall of Fame and considered him their hero.

"Gordie's toughness as a competitor on the ice was equalled only by his humour and humility away from it. No sport could have hoped for a greater, more-beloved ambassador." -- NHL commissioner Gary Bettman.

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"He showcased the best of what Canadians like to think of ourselves as, highlighted both our national sport and our national identity on an international stage." -- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

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"He was built to be a hockey player. He was strong as an ox. He was mean as a rattlesnake and you treaded lightly when you came around him. He had a very heavy shot and a soft touch. Old school hockey. That was Gordie Howe." -- Former Canadian hockey star Paul Henderson.

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"Gordie really was the greatest hockey player who ever lived. I was fortunate to play with Gordie for 12 seasons with the Detroit Red Wings and I've known him for over 70 years. He could do it all in the game to help his team, both offensively and defensively. He earned everything that he accomplished on the ice. Gordie was larger than life, and he was someone who I thought would live forever." -- Former teammate Ted Lindsay.

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"He was one of the greatest players, if not the greatest, in the history of the National Hockey League and the greatest Red Wing of all time. He was a big power forward, one of the biggest players of his time, with as much skill and toughness as anybody who ever played. As a human being, he was incredible. He loved to be around people and to make them laugh. He was an incredible ambassador for the sport. This is a sad day for hockey." -- Red Wings general manager Ken Holland.

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"Gordie Howe was a true legend in every sense of the word, and we are proud that he and his sons are a part of our organization's history. "I was lucky to have the opportunity to take the ice with him during my time in Hartford, and his impact on our sport is immeasurable. The Carolina Hurricanes organization sends its deepest condolences to the Howe family and everyone affected by his loss." -- Ron Francis, executive vice-president and general manager of the Carolina Hurricanes, previously the Hartford Whalers of the WHA. …

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