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NHL teams react to Howe's death

Condolences expressed across social media

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The death of Hockey Hall of Fame member Gordie Howe on Friday elicited quick response on Twitter from across the NHL.

The Detroit Red Wings, for whom Howe played 25 seasons, changed their Twitter avatar to Howe's iconic No. 9.

Tweet from @DetroitRedWings: Thoughts and prayers to the Howe family as Gordie Howe passes away at the age of 88. #9RIP pic.twitter.com/i9KRzXRgwV

Tweet from @DetroitRedWings: "He was tough, skilled, & consistently earned success at the highest level." - Mike Ilitch: https://t.co/782K66L2Df pic.twitter.com/EH0mvQy402

The rest of the Original Six teams weighed in as well.

Tweet from @NYRangers: Our thoughts are with the family & friends of Gordie Howe and the @DetroitRedWings. Rest in peace Mr. Hockey. #9RIP pic.twitter.com/QjOnsJ9Yos

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: It is with great sadness that the Canadiens have learned the passing of hockey legend Gordie Howe. #9RIP pic.twitter.com/vb5fI2druZ

Tweet from @NHLBruins: Our sincere condolences go out to the Howe family, the @detroitredwings & all those who knew the great Gordie Howe. pic.twitter.com/sKj7BvSyzM

Tweet from @NHLBlackhawks: Wirtz: "There is no greater rivalry in hockey than the one between the Red Wings and the Blackhawks, and Gordie was a large part of that."

Tweet from @MapleLeafs: We are saddened to learn of the passing of Gordie Howe. Our condolences are extended to the Howe family. #9RIP pic.twitter.com/ZsoC5mzTuC

There was also reaction from the Carolina Hurricanes, the former Hartford Whalers, with whom Howe finished his NHL career.

Tweet from @NHLCanes: Our deepest condolences to the family of Gordie Howe. Proud that he will always be a part of our heritage. #legend pic.twitter.com/3HMtmQs5vN

Tweet from @MikeSundheim: Condolences to the family of Gordie Howe. We still have 15 file folders of memories of him from Hartford. #legend pic.twitter.com/dartEsLS6G

Other NHL teams offered their condolences, including the two battling for the Stanley Cup, among others.

Tweet from @penguins: Today the hockey world lost a role model and legend. Thank you for your contribution to the game, Mr. Hockey. pic.twitter.com/LZKWkH17ei

Tweet from @SanJoseSharks: Forever Mr. Hockey. pic.twitter.com/wwGknm1V7b

Tweet from @EdmontonOilers: Rest in peace, Gordie. #MrHockey pic.twitter.com/tK4Bg09j4l

Tweet from @DallasStars: Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Gordie Howe. Rest in peace, #MrHockey. pic.twitter.com/YbcT9eWpzX

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