‘A very sad day’: Hockey Hall of Famer Gordie Howe dies at 82
Gordie “Gordie” Howe, the longtime Hall of Fame defenseman who played for the Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Rangers, died Sunday, the team announced.
Howe was 82.
He was a three-time Stanley Cup champion, two-time All-Star and two- time Rocket Richard Trophy winner.
Howe played more than 200 games for the Penguins, Rangers and New Jersey Devils, and won the Hart Trophy in 1987.
He played on two Stanley Cup teams: the Penguins in 1988 and the Rangers in 1991.
He also played in the NHL for 17 seasons, with the Pittsburgh River Rats of the National Hockey League from 1991 to 1994 and the Detroit Red Wings in 1996.
“I’ve been fortunate enough to play on many great teams over the years, and Gordie is the best player that ever played the game,” Penguins President & CEO Scott Malkin said in a statement.
“He was a great teammate, a great coach, a true champion and a great friend.
Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time.”
“I have the deepest respect for Gordie and his family, and I will always be grateful for his years of hard work and commitment to the game of hockey.
He will be greatly missed.”
The Penguins released a statement, saying they are “shocked and saddened by the passing of Gordie.”
“Gouldy’s career as a player and as a coach included countless championship games, multiple Olympic Gold Medals, and a World Championship with the Boston Bruins in 1988.
Gordie was a member of the Penguins for 17 years, including five with the Red Wings and five with New Jersey.
He won the Norris Trophy with the Devils in 1992, and the Selke Trophy with New York in 1996 and 1997.
His contributions to the Penguins organization and the game were profound and lasting. “
Garthie is well-known throughout the hockey world for his leadership on and off the ice.
His contributions to the Penguins organization and the game were profound and lasting.
We extend our heartfelt condolences to Gordie’s family and friends at this time.”
Howe had been suffering from lung cancer.
He is survived by his wife, Carol; two sons, Derek and Keith; daughter, Mary; and stepdaughter, Annabelle.
The Penguins have yet to comment on Howe’s passing.
Howe and his wife have two children, Peter and David.
The Red Wings have released a written statement: “We are saddened to hear of the passing and mourning of Gordy Howe.
Our hearts go out to Gordy’s family during these difficult times.
The Detroit Red Wing Hockey Club extends its deepest condolences to his wife Carol and children.
We thank Gordie, his family members and friends for their prayers and continued support during this very difficult time. “
Our thoughts and support are with the Howe family during their time of grief and loss.
We’ll be rooting for his sons, Peter, David and Derek, during this time of need.” “
The Red Wings will be forever grateful to Gordic for his contribution to the Red Wing community and the entire hockey world.
We’ll be rooting for his sons, Peter, David and Derek, during this time of need.”
The Red Wing announced Monday that it was cutting ties with Howe and retiring his No. 6 jersey.
The team also said it was extending the contract of its longtime assistant coach, Ron Wilson.