Mr Hockey is Coming Home. For Good!
Mr. Hockey is finally coming home for good.
In 1944 Gordie Howe left his home in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan to play hockey at the tender age of 16. He would play 26 seasons with the National Hockey League Detroit Red Wings, and six with the fledgling World Hockey Association, which would later merge with the National Hockey League.
He played 1,767 games in total and tallied 801 goals and 1,049 assists for 1,850 points. His stats would remain unmatched until broken by Wayne Gretzky.
He passed away June 10, 2016 and a story in the Saskatoon Star Phoenix says he will be honored in that city September 25, 2016.
Local artist Michael Martin, has created a statue in his likeness which will be placed at Saskatoon’s Sask Tel Center.
On September 25, 2016, the ashes of Gordie and his wife, Colleen, will be placed in a plaque underneath the statue and sealed away.
As part of the celebration the local hockey team, the Saskatoon Blades of the Eastern Division of the Western Hockey League, will play a hockey game. The Star Phoenix story says it’s fitting tribute to Mr. Hockey, who learned to skate and play the game on the frozen ponds around his home town.