In a country where hockey is king, Gordie Howe ruled for decades.
A Canadian icon, Howe grew up in the Great Depression playing hockey on prairie ponds—on hand-me-down or jerry-rigged skates.
He went on to become “Mr. Hockey”—a tough and durable customer who could fight as well as he could score.
Howe, who died today at the age of 88, could do it all.