In sad news for all hockey fans..... http://www.ctvnews.ca/sports/hockey-legend-gordie-howe-dies-at-88-1.2940022 Hockey legend Gordie Howe, a.k.a. "Mr. Hockey," has died after a lengthy illness. He was 88 years old. Howe's son, Marty, confirmed his father's death to CTV News on Friday. Howe had been struggling with health issues since suffering a stroke in 2014, which left him unable to walk and barely able to speak. The Howe family said his health improved in 2015, after receiving an injection of stem cells at a Mexican clinic. Gordie Howe: 1928-2016 RELATED STORIES #RIP9: Twitter mourns death of 'Mr. Hockey,' Gordie Howe Red Wings statement on death of Gordie Howe A timeline of key dates in the life and career of Gordie Howe Gordie Howe by the numbers Experts probe use of stem cells to treat hockey legend Gordie Howe PHOTOS Detroit Red Wings' star Gordie Howe, wearing a prominent bruise over his right eye, compares miniature trophy he received with the large statue in New York, Feb. 20, 1967, after he received the Lester Patrick Memorial Trophy for long and meritorious service to the sport in the U.S. (AP / Dave Pickoff) Wayne Gretzky figures there is no photograph fans ask him to sign more often than the one of him as a smiling preteen beside his idol Gordie Howe, who is playfully hooking a hockey stick around the future Great One's neck. Howe earned the nickname "Mr. Hockey" for his lengthy career that included 25 years as a Detroit Red Wing, four Stanley Cup championships, six Hart Trophies as the league's most valuable player, and numerous records. Howe played his first NHL game on Oct. 16, 1946 at the age of 18. He retired in 1971.