Hockey legend Gordie Howe dies at 88

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Week in entertainment - May 3, 2013

Andrew Eccles
In an undated image provided by Crown Media United States, former Detroit Red Wings hockey great Gordie Howe is seen.  (AP Photo/Crown Media United States, Andrew Eccles)

Legendary hockey player Gordie Howe has died. He was 88.

Howe, known as "Mr. Hockey," was born in Canada and played 26 seasons in the National Hockey League, 25 of those seasons with the Detroit Red Wings.

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Howe set many records during his lengthy career, including being a 23-time NHL All-Star. He was the recipient of the NHL Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008.  

Howe is the only player to have actively played the sport professionally in five decades and technically, stretched his playing time to six decades when he signed a one-game contract with the Detroit Vipers of the IHL in 1997.

According to WWJ, Howe suffered a significant stroke in October 2014. He received stem-cell treatment in Mexico as part of his recovery process.

Fans took to social media to pay their respects.

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