Detroit's Gordie Howe, a young Saskatchewan farmer who left rural Canada to become one of the best ice hockey players of all time, died Friday at the home of one of his sons in the United States.
He was 88.
He's no longer the scoring threat he was and he'll never fully shake the infamy of the Steve Moore sucker punch, but Todd Bertuzzi is still a valuable NHL player. Or why else would the Detroit Red Wings sign the 37-year-old to a two-year extension?
Veteran Nicklas Lidstrom, 41, is coming back to play for the Detroit Red Wings for one more year. Lidstrom reportedly signed a one-year deal worth $6.2 million, which will likely be the final year before the six-time Norris Trophy winner retires.
The NHL's Toronto Maple Leafs dreams, and those of their loyal fans in Leafs Nation, went swirling down the drain like so much octopi excrement on Saturday night at The Joe, when they fell to the Detroit Red Wings, by a score of 4 to 2.
"Mr. Hockey", Gordie Howe played for the Detroit Red Wings from 1946 at the young age of eighteen until wrist trouble forced him to retire in 1971. He then went on to play with his two sons in WHA's Houston Aeros in 1973 after a wrist operation.