It’s a sad day in the world of ice hockey today. The one and only “Mr. Hockey,” Gordie Howe, has died at the age of 88. He’s had a phenomenal career as a hockey player, with 26 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) and six seasons in the World Hockey Association (WHA). He’s considered one of the best hockey players of all time, and many are deeply saddened to find Gordie Howe dead today. But, how did Gordie Howe die? According to the CBC, Howe’s health had been deteriorating for a while and the Gordie Howe stroke was what ultimately led to his death. The CBC reported that Howe’s son, Murray, was with him at his home in Ohio this morning (June 10) when he passed away. We’re devastated to see such a talented person pass. In tribute to the infamous Mr. Hockey, we’ve put together some Gordie Howe quotes. To remember the incredible athlete you can read these quotes by Gordie Howe and continue to remember him.
8 Best Gordie Howe Quotes
Though he was more popular for his moves on the ice, Howe was also known to spout some much-needed common sense throughout his 88 years on the Earth. These eight Gordie Howe quotes illustrate his casual, carefree, and positive outlook on hockey, legends, kids, and life.
“You’ve got to love what you’re doing. If you love it, you can overcome any handicap or the soreness or all the aches and pains, and continue to play for a long, long time.”
“I always tell kids, you have two eyes and one mouth. Keep two open and one closed. You never learn anything if you’re the one talking.”
“There’s always something in the game you wish you would have done different. That’s why players improve, because they learn from what they did before. They might have been guessing before, but now they know.”
On Hockey Players
“All hockey players are bilingual. They know English and profanity.”
“Age has nothing to do with it. Heck, I played until I was 52 so I could play with my sons, Mark and Marty. In fact, at 52, I was leading scorer on the team until Christmas before they benched me.”
On The Great One
“The first time I met Wayne Gretzky… he never said anything back.”
On The Stanley Cup
“The Stanley Cup is not something you can keep forever, you have to earn it every year you play.”
On His Philosophy
“My philosophy is never start talking about ‘if,’ ‘and,’ ‘but’ or the past, because 90 percent of what follows will be negative.”