Gordie Howe passed away yesterday at the age of 88. He was superhuman in a way that he was able to play professional hockey into his 50s. This was not his only legacy to the sport of hockey. To me his biggest influence will the way he was an ambassador for the game. This was his far greater ability that allowed the sport to grow than anything else. Wayne Gretzky may have all the records and responsible for the growth of youth hockey in southern California. Howe showed that everyone could play hockey and continue on for a long time. This has been another important part of the growth of hockey. He may not have had a direct influence on my life but his contributions have shown that no matter how old you are you can play hockey. This to me is the greatest contribution Howe made to the sport. Not taking away from anything else he did but that will be talked about as well.