The world has lost another legend, as hockey icon, Gordie Howe has passed away. But in celebration of his life, NHL stars and more took to Twitter to say their final goodbyes to the beloved sports hero.
2016 has definitely been a devastating year. And now we have to say goodbye to another legend. Gordie Howe, aka Mr. Hockey died on June 10 in Toldeo, Ohio at the age 88. He is tragically gone, but NHL players, John Mitchell, 31, Sam Gagner, 26, sports analysts, and hockey fans took to Twitter to remember his long lasting legacy and impact. See their loving tweets here!
“Had the privilege of meeting Gordie Howe one time. He was a fantastic man. Too many greats leaving us this year.
#MrHockey #gordiehowe trick,” Colorado Avalanche centre of the NHL, John Mitchell recalled of his time with the icon. Philadelphia Flyer player, Sam Gagner also shared his condolences in a sweet tribute to Gordie. “Sad day for hockey. The ultimate competitor on the ice and a class act off of it. Rest in peace Mr. Hockey,” he tweeted.
“Terribly saddened by the news of Gordie Howe. Having the opportunity to meet him was one of the greatest honors I’ve had as an athlete,” Minnesota Wild player, Matt Kassian, 29, said.
But the well wishes and goodbyes didn’t just stop at NHL players. Sports broadcasters also took to social media to say their goodbyes and share their memories. “The only time I ever saw Howe play was when I was 7 years old at the LA Forum watching Hartford vs LA. I asked my dad why everyone was crowding around that player. ” Sportsnet analyst and former NHL goalie, Corey Hirsch, 43, tweeted. “My dad said that’s Gordie Howe. He prob signed 200 autographs after warmup. 7 yrs old and I still remember.”
— John Mitchell (@mitchabov) June 10, 2016
Sad day for hockey. The ultimate competitor on the ice and a class act off of it. Rest in peace Mr. Hockey. https://t.co/sHoK5OTWF6
— Sam Gagner (@89SGagner) June 10, 2016
Playing Junior hockey close to Detroit I had the pleasure of meeting Mr Hockey a few times and something I will always cherish #RIPMrHockey
— Tom Sestito (@TomSestito23) June 10, 2016
“The Hockey Hall of Fame is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Gordie Howe. Mr. Hockey was a true legend,” The Hockey Hall of Fame’s official account wrote. He was inducted into the hall in 1972, one year after his retirement. Wow, there were so many people’s lives that Gordie Howe touched!
Gordie was a 23-time All-Star in the National Hockey League, and broke records playing for 26 seasons, as well a 6 seasons playing for the World Hockey League. Incredible! Mr. Hockey will definitely be missed!
HollywoodLifers, share you condolences and memories of Gordie in the comments below !
— Theo Fleury (@TheoFleury14) June 10, 2016
The Hockey Hall of Fame is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Gordie Howe. Mr. Hockey was a true legend. pic.twitter.com/jIWj6tKR8h
— Hockey Hall of Fame (@HockeyHallFame) June 10, 2016
Terribly saddened by the news of Gordie Howe. Having the opportunity to meet him was one of the greatest honors I've had as an athlete.
— Matt Kassian (@kassassination) June 10, 2016
One of the coolest moments of my life was meeting Gordie Howe. Sad day for the hockey world, RIP https://t.co/eDvcgE0D2c.
— Brody Sutter (@Sutts19) June 10, 2016
Uggggh 2016 has been a tough year. RIP Mr. Hockey. #gordiehowe
— Corey Hirsch (@CoreyHirsch) June 10, 2016
— Tony Aiello (@AielloTV) June 10, 2016