Gordie Howe has already been immortalized in a bronze statue we were commissioned to do in 2007, but now the name of “Mr. Hockey” himself will also live on, with the Detroit-Windsor cross-border bridge.
Canadian and U.S. officials announced the name last month in Windsor, and the “Gordie Howe International Bridge” is set to be built over the Detroit River by 2020. The bridge will cost $2.1 billion to build and construction has yet to begin.
“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,” Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said in a statement provided ahead of the announcement. “It is my sincere hope that this bridge, which bears his name, will continue this proud legacy by accelerating the flow of people, merchandise and services between our great nations for years to come.”
Howe, 87, spent 25 years with the Detroit Red Wings and led the team to four Stanley Cups, as well as six Hart Trophies – otherwise known as the MVP. The hockey legend played in 1,767 career NHL regular-season games, scored 801 goals, made 1,049 assists, and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame following his retirement.
“If you really think about it, who better represents the two countries and the bond between us in terms of being a legend in Detroit and Michigan and in Canada?” the Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder said.
Fine Art Studio of Rotblatt-Amrany is proud to have played a small part in cementing Howe’s legacy as one of the greatest professional hockey players of all-time, and much like Governor Snyder, we can’t think of a better namesake for the Detroit-Windsor cross-border bridge.