OTTAWA (Web Desk) – Canadian ice hockey legend Gordie Howe died Friday.

Howe, a Hall of Famer known as “Mr. Hockey” and a four-time Stanley Cup winner with the Detroit Red Wings, spent a quarter-century with the Red Wings in the National Hockey League, six more seasons playing alongside sons Mark and Marty in the rival World Hockey Association and a final campaign back in the NHL with the Hartford Whalers at age 52.

The Red Wings announced Howe´s passing on Twitter with a photo and the message: “Thank You Mr. Hockey 1928-2016.”

Most of the NHL´s scoring records were owned by Howe, whose first NHL game was in 1946 and last came in 1980, until broken by Wayne Gretzky, whose boyhood idol was Howe.