The man who brought joy to so many hockey fans in both Canada and the U.S. will be honored by both countries. At a press conference, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper noted that the bridge will be named after hockey icon Gordie Howe.
From the Detroit News Article.
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Gov. Rick Snyder will announce Thursday afternoon that a long-planned Detroit River bridge crossing will be named after Detroit Red Wings great and Canadian native Gordie Howe, an official briefed on the announcement said.
The 87-year-old is one of the greatest hockey players in history, but it is unusual for a Canadian landmark to be named after a living person.
Howe retired 33 years after his first season — and during five decades “he didn’t just survive, he was dominant — on the scoring lists, in battles in the corners, on game-winning goals and when the year-end awards were handed out,” his Hall of Fame biography reads. “He was a big man, though by modern standards no behemoth, but what set him apart was his incredible strength.”
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