Yeah, he played for the hated Detroit Red Wings. But nobody can deny his greatness. In leading the evil Red Wings to a series of Stanley Cups in the early '50s, Howe demonstrated incomparable leadership in addition to amazing skill.
This is a sad day for all hockey fans, and for sports fans of all flavors. By reputation, Howe was a fine man in addition to being one of the greatest hockey players who ever lived. Red Wing though he was, this Blackhawks fanatic mourns his passing.