2016 continues to be a brutal year for celebrities and athletes, as Gordie Howe passes away at the age of 88. The passing of Muhammed Ali a few days ago shocked the sports world, and we've barely had time to take a deep breath before losing another legend.
Howe spent most of his glorified career with the Detroit Red Wings, where he raised the Stanley Cup 4 times, and was also named an NHL all star 23 times.
To give you some perspective of just how great Howe's career was, you need to take a look at his all time rankings. Howe ranks 4th all-time in points (1,850), 2nd in goals (801), 9th in assists (1,049) and his most impressive feat ranking 1st in total games with 1,767.
We all like to joke about how Jaromir Jagr is the old guy in the league, even though he was decently productive last season. Jagr has still played 138 fewer games than Howe, and needs to play another season and a half to catch him.
It's safe to say that the hockey community lost one of the greats today, and this one will be felt for weeks to come. There will without a doubt be a tribute before Game 6 of the Stanley Cup, and most likely several more at the start of next season.
Rest in Piece Mr. Hockey.
By Matt Watts