When I started watching NHL in the late 60s, Gordie Howe was already a 40ish, 20 year ice hockey veteran, but he was no doubt, one of the best in the sport. Howe, a Detroit Red Wing would retire in 1971, but returned to play in the upstart WHA. He got the chance to play with his sons and when the WHA folded, he was back in the NHL where he would play until 1980. He is the only Pro Hockey player to play in 5 different decades. He was known as Mr. Hockey. Howe died last night.