"Mr. Hockey" is now "Dr. Hockey."
Hockey Hall of Famer Gordie Howe
received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree on Thursday from the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon.
University president Peter MacKinnon said in his speech to graduates that Howe rose above adversity and overcame great odds to become a dominant figure in hockey. He also recognized Howe's charity work -- including his Howe Foundation, which raises money so children can play hockey.
Howe, now 82, was born in Floral, Sask., and grew up in Saskatoon. He won four Stanley Cups with the Detroit Red Wings
in the 1950s and six Hart Trophies as the League's most valuable player. Howe retired in 1980 as the NHL leader in games played, goals and points, and is recognized as one of the greatest players in hockey history.