Gordie Howe was born on March 31, 1928 in Saskatchewan. He is regarded by many as the greatest hockey player of all time and is referred to as "Mr. Hockey."
The Hockey News listed him as third behind Gretzky and Orr, but Bobby Orr said that Howe was the greatest.
Mr. Howe's accomplishments on the ice were spectacular and one should read a bit about him, even if not a fan of the sport. He finally hung up his stick at the age of sixty-nine.
(Reference Wikipedia article for a concise summary of his life and career.)
Howe's wife, Colleen, to whom he was married for almost 56 years, passed away on March 6 this year. Gordie survives.