A Terror on the Ice, Gordie Howe Is Remembered as a Gentleman Off It

Gordie Howe was known to generations of players and fans as Mr. Hockey.

But after his death at age 88, many in the hockey world were remembering him as something else: Mr. Nice Guy.

For all the tales of Howe’s on-ice toughness — the elbows, the hard checks — it was his unassuming kindness off the ice that so many recalled.

“Unfortunately, we lost the greatest hockey player ever today, but more importantly, the nicest man I have ever met,” Wayne Gretzky, hockey’s Great One, wrote on Twitter.

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