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Thursday May 14th, 2015

Posted at 11:20am

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Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Michigan Governor Rick Synder talk with Gordie Howe’s son Murray.

Mr. Hockey, Gordie Howe, will be the namesake of the new Windsor-Detroit bridge.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced today that the to-be-built bridge will be officially called the “Gordie Howe International Bridge.”

Harper was joined by federal officials, Michigan Governor Rick Synder and members of Howe’s family to make the announcement.

Snyder said no other names came to mind when they decided to begin the naming process and officials were sold immediately that the bridge should be named after one of hockey’s greats.

Howe was born in Saskatchewan and throughout his career distinguished himself as one of the most prolific and talented hockey players of all time.

“Mr. Hockey, one of the greatest players in the history of the game, is a proud Canadian who led the Detroit Red Wings to four Stanley Cup victories, building extraordinary goodwill between our two countries,” said Harper.

The Gordie Howe International Bridge is expected to be completed and in service in 2020. It will connect to the Herb Gray Parkway and Interstate 75 in Michigan.

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