Detroit River International Crossing Will be named the Gordie Howe International Bridge

May 14, 2015

Detroit River International Crossing Will be named the Gordie Howe International Bridge

 

Ottawa, ON – Today, the Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada, announced that the future publicly-owned bridge between Windsor, Ontario, and Detroit, Michigan, will be named the Gordie Howe International Bridge.

 

The Gordie Howe International Bridge is expected to be completed and in service in 2020. The bridge will accelerate the flow of goods and services and provide a much-needed alternative at the busiest commercial land crossing on the Canada-United States border. This will create thousands of jobs and opportunities on both sides of the border. The bridge will feature a total of six lanes, associated border inspection plazas, and direct connections to Highway 401 in Ontario and Interstate-75 in Michigan.

 

Gordie Howe was born in Floral, Saskatchewan and during his career was known as “Mr. Hockey”. He has distinguished himself as one of the most prolific and talented hockey players of all time. Throughout a career that spanned five decades, Mr. Howe won the Hart Trophy six times as the National Hockey League’s most valuable player, the Art Ross Trophy six times as the leading scorer, and was selected to 23 NHL All-Star teams. He also won the Stanley Cup four times with the Detroit Red Wings and is one of the most famous Red Wings in the history of the franchise.

 

“I can think of no better name for the future bridge at the Detroit River than the Gordie Howe International Bridge,” said Larry Miller, MP for Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound. “Not only is Mr. Howe a Canadian hockey legend, he is widely regarded as an icon in the United States and especially in Detroit where he played from 1946 to 1971.”

 

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