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Saskatoon arena officially renamed after Gordie Howe

Saskatoon city council gives unanimous approval to rename Kinsmen Arena after hockey legend Gordie Howe.
Saskatoon city council gives unanimous approval to rename Kinsmen Arena after hockey legend Gordie Howe. Vytai Brannan / Global News

SASKATOON – He’s known as ‘Mr. Hockey’, having played in the National Hockey League (NHL) over 26 seasons. Gordie Howe was raised in Saskatoon and now he is the namesake on a recreational centre.

At a special meeting of city council Monday, a unanimous vote approved renaming the Kinsmen Arena on Avenue P to The Kinsmen Gordie Howe Arena. Howe is expected to make a public appearance on Feb. 6 at the 55th annual Kinsmen Sports Celebrity Dinner at TCU Place along with special guest Wayne Gretzky.

The special meeting was called to move the process along in hopes that a new sign could be unveiled during Howe’s visit.

“It just will not be manufactured on time,” said Ward 1 Coun. Darren Hill. “There will be a digital rendering which I’m sure will be placed over the front of the building and that will be up on the screens at that event.”

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Howe, 86, recently suffered from two strokes and his attendance at the Saskatoon event is dependent on his health.