NEW YORK - Hockey Hall of Famer Gordie Howe died Friday morning in Ohio, CBS News has confirmed. He was 88.

Howe spent 25 seasons from 1946 to 1971 playing for the Detroit Red Wings, winning four Stanley Cups and becoming one of its most famous players. He later emerged from retirement to play in the World Hockey Association and eventually the NHL's Hartford Whalers.

Known widely as "Mr. Hockey," Howe set NHL marks with 801 goals and 1,850 points - mostly with the Red Wings - that held up until Wayne Gretzky surpassed him in the record book.

He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1972.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.