Gordie “Gordie” Howe, one of the greatest hockey players of all time, died Thursday in Los Angeles.
He was 92.
The longtime New Jersey Devils and New York Rangers star was born on May 11, 1931 in the town of Hamilton, Ontario.
He played four seasons in the NHL with the Montreal Canadiens from 1962 to 1966, winning a Stanley Cup championship in 1965 and an Olympic gold medal in 1968.
He died at his home in Belleville, Illinois, the same town where he was born.
He had battled cancer for the past 13 years.
He passed away peacefully at his bedside.
Born on the banks of the Ottawa River in Ontario, Howe attended St. Peter’s College in Toronto, and played his college hockey at the University of Notre Dame in Canada.
He became a captain of the junior Canadiens and later the powerhouse New York Islanders in the late 1950s.
He helped the team win four Stanley Cups in his first 10 seasons.
After a stint with the NHL’s Washington Capitals, Howe joined the New York Flyers, and was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1959.
He won the Stanley Cup in 1961 and played one season with the Flyers.
He went on to win the NHL MVP in 1962 and the Conn Smythe Trophy in 1967.
After playing for the Montreal Canadians, the Canadiens moved to Philadelphia in 1970.
He spent three seasons with the team, winning the Stanley Trophy in 1972 and the Hart Trophy in 1973.
He also won two Norris Trophies in 1974.
He retired from the NHL in 1977 and spent a brief time with the Pittsburgh Penguins, who traded him to the New Jersey Nets in 1983.
He led the Nets to two Stanley Cups and a third in 1984.
He then returned to the Flyers in 1985 and led them to their first championship in five years.
In recent years, Howe has played for various organizations, including the Montreal Maroons, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins and Toronto Maple Leaf.
He has won a Stanley Trophy with the Maple Leafs, the Conn Cup with the Canadiens and the Stanley Cups with the Penguins.