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Honouring Gordie Howe with ‘Thank You, Mr. Hockey Day’

Plans are in the works to honour Gordie Howe in Saskatoon with a “Thank You, Mr. Hockey Day.”.
Plans are in the works to honour Gordie Howe in Saskatoon with a “Thank You, Mr. Hockey Day.”. AP Photo/Dawn Villella, File

The head of the Saskatoon Blades says plans are in the works for a special day to honor the memory of hockey legend Gordie Howe.

Blades president Steve Hogle will be appearing at council on Thursday asking for the city to proclaim Sunday, Sept. 25 as “Thank You, Mr. Hockey Day.”

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Howe grew up in Saskatoon and is considered one of the greatest hockey players of all time.

Plans are to have all of Gordie Howe’s children in the city, along with other family members.

Howe passed away on June 10 at the age of 88 at his daughter’s home in Ohio. He is survived by his three sons, Marty, Mark and Murray and his daughter Kathleen and nine grandchildren.

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In 26 NHL seasons, he won the Stanley Cup with the Detroit Red Wings four times, six Hart Trophies as the league’s most valuable player and six Art Ross Trophies as the leading scorer.

Howe also played six seasons in the WHA.

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Events on Sept. 25 could include the formal naming of the Gordie Howe Bridge, along with a pre-game ceremony and private reception with the Howe family.

On June 27, Saskatoon city council voted unanimously to rename the Circle Drive South Bridge after Howe.

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