(Updated with video) Abbotsford school remembers namesake, Gordie Howe

Howe Middle School honours the hockey legend, following his passing on Friday morning

  • Jun. 10, 2016 12:00 p.m.
Dean Johnston

Dean Johnston

Colleen and Gordie Howe Middle School in Abbotsford  honoured the death of its namesake today by flying the school flag at half mast and observing a moment of silence.

Hockey legend Gordie Howe died early this morning (Friday) at the age of 88 at his home in Toledo, Ohio.

Howe had been struggling with health issues since suffering a stroke in 2014, which left him unable to walk and barely able to speak.

His wife, Colleen, died in 2009 after a long battle with Pick’s disease.

Abbotsford’s Colleen and Gordie Howe Middle School is the only school that bears the name of the man fondly known as “Mr. Hockey.” The school celebrated its official opening in June 2002.

Howe’s lengthy career included 25 years as a Detroit Red Wing, four Stanley cup championships, six Hart Trophies as the league’s most valuable player, and numerous records.

He also won six Art Ross Trophies as the league’s leading scorer.

– with files from CTV News