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Hockey world reacts to Howe's death

Players, celebrities share memories, emotions on social media @NHL

The death of Hockey Hall of Fame legend Gordie Howe on Friday was met with reaction from throughout the sport. He was 88.

"Mr. Hockey" played 25 seasons with the Detroit Red Wings and helped them win four Stanley Cup championships. He scored 801 goals and 1,850 points in 1,767 regular-season games spanning 26 NHL seasons.

Here is some Twitter reaction to his death.

Wayne Gretzky, who passed Howe as the League's all-time leader in goals and points, shared his thoughts on Howe's death.

Tweet from @OfficialGretzky: Unfortunately we lost the greatest hockey player ever today, but more importantly the nicest man I have ever met. (1/2)

Tweet from @OfficialGretzky: Sending our thoughts and prayers to the Howe family and to the millions of hockey fans who like me loved Gordie Howe. RIP Mr. Hockey. (2/2)

Other players took to social media to reflect on Howe's legacy, personality and career. 

Tweet from @ovi8: U were a legend!! my best to all your family #9RIP

Tweet from @Datsyuk13: World lost one of the greatest human beings and the best all time hockey player. Thanks for many lessons and memories. RIP Gordie

Tweet from @9modano: Gordie Howe you will be missed. Thoughts and prayers. The reason I wore #9. #9RIP..

Tweet from @evanderkane_9: Very sad to hear about Gordie Howe #MrHockey#thebest9 He was one of my owners of my junior team and was a big reason I wear the number 9.

Tweet from @martybiron43: What a thrill it must have been for Gordie Howe to play with two of his sons. Prayers go out to the Howe family.

Tweet from @TheoFleury14: To Mr. Hockey thanks for teaching us to be gracious and humble away from the rink. #RIP The game will miss you.

Current or former NHL players weren't the only ones to express their sympathies on Twitter.

Justin Trudeau, the Prime Minister of Canada, shared his thoughts on Howe.

Tweet from @JustinTrudeau: My condolences to the family of Gordie Howe, the Detroit Red Wings and all his fans around the world. He will always be Mr. Hockey.

Tweet from @colinmochrie: Had the honour of chatting with Gordie Howe once. A lovely, funny gentleman. Rest in Peace sir.

Howe's legacy was felt throughout the world of hockey.

Tweet from @NHLPA: A sad day for players past and present as we have lost one of the greats. Rest in peace Gordie Howe. #9RIP #MrHockey

Tweet from @usahockey: Rest in peace, Mr. Hockey. Thank you for your impact on hockey in North America and around the world. #9RIP

Tweet from @IIHFHockey: Legend Gordie Howe aka "Mr. Hockey" passed away today at 88 years-old:

Tweet from @SiriusXMNHL: Howe played a remarkable 25 seasons with the @DetroitRedWings and won four Stanley Cups during that time #MrHockey

Tweet from @HockeyHallFame: The Hockey Hall of Fame is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Gordie Howe. Mr. Hockey was a true legend.

While Howe was known as "Mr. Hockey," he also dabbled in other sports as Minor League Baseball posted.

Tweet from @MiLB: RIP Gordie Howe, first baseman of the 1951 Saskatoon 55s, among many other things. #MrHockey

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