Newspaper article The Canadian Press

New Canada-U.S. Bridge to Be Named after 'Mr. Hockey' Gordie Howe

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

New Canada-U.S. Bridge to Be Named after 'Mr. Hockey' Gordie Howe

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Canada-US bridge to be named after Mr. Hockey

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WINDSOR, Ont. - The new bridge between Canada and the United States will be named after hockey legend Gordie Howe, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced on Thursday.

Howe, 87, who is recovering from a stroke, was unable to attend a riverfront event overlooking Detroit to announce the name, but his son called it a "truly incredible" honour.

"That sounds pretty good to me," Murray Howe quoted his father as saying when told of the tribute.

"He is deeply moved by this gracious gesture."

The sport hero known as "Mr. Hockey" was born in Floral, Sask., but made his name playing for the Detroit Red Wings, the squad he helped propel to four Stanley Cup wins.

As another of Howe's sons, Marty, and Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder looked on, Harper praised the former NHLer as a proud Canadian who is not only a national hero in Canada but also an idol in Detroit.

His name fully deserves to be on the planned span joining two countries that share a special bond, the prime minister said after unveiling a portrait of a youthful Howe.

"I don't think we could think of a better person who symbolizes that relationship than Gordie Howe," Harper said. "Very few people are living legends and it's great to be able to honour this living legend."

The Windsor-Detroit corridor is the busiest commercial crossing between the two countries and the lone existing bridge, whose owner has fought the new one, has long been a bottleneck. …

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