– Ron Francis
, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today issued the following statement following the passing of hockey legend Gordie Howe
“Gordie Howe was a true legend in every sense of the word, and we are proud that he and his sons are a part of our organization’s history,” said Francis. “I was lucky to have the opportunity to take the ice with him during my time in Hartford, and his impact on our sport is immeasurable.
“The Carolina Hurricanes organization sends its deepest condolences to the Howe family and everyone affected by his loss.”
Gordie Howe played three seasons with the Hartford Whalers in the World Hockey Association (WHA) and the NHL from the 1977-78 season through the 1979-80. He totaled 180 points (68g, 112a) and 178 penalty minutes for Hartford, including 41 points (15g, 26a) during the Whalers inaugural NHL season in 1979-80.