Gordie Howe: A name fit for a bridge

By Jordan Kennedy
May 14, 2015

Mr. Hockey led Detroit to four Stanley Cup championships, seven consecutive first-place finishes, and now, the Gordie Howe International Bridge will lead Detroit to Canada. 

Today in Canada, Governor Snyder and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper joined members of the Howe family to unveil the official name of the soon-to-be built bridge linking Detroit and Windsor. The new bridge is projected to boost Michigan’s business climate by creating more and better jobs for Michiganders, and bolstering the United States and Canada’s long-standing trade relationship.

“Gordie Howe is a symbol of unparalleled success, longevity, civic generosity and international harmony, virtues we are confident the bridge will symbolize. ‘Mr. Hockey’ is a universally respected ambassador for both Canada and Michigan. His home country and his adopted country are both so proud of Gordie Howe and our joint efforts on this bridge are representative of the teamwork he has always embodied. I am honored to make this dedication to Gordie Howe and pleased it comes at a time when progress on this critical infrastructure is accelerating -- progress that will continue.”

The Gordie Howe International Bridge, which is projected to be completed by the year 2020, will be a catalyst in Michigan’s ability to trade internationally and highlights the shared traditions and ongoing partnership between the United States and Canada.

Currently, Canada and the U.S. have the world’s largest two-way trade relationship, with $1.7 billion in goods crossing the border daily. On top of that, 8 million American jobs depend on our trade relationship with Canada, including 237,000 Michigan jobs.

Governor Snyder emphasized the bridge as a symbol of the strong ties between Michigan and Canada, and the positive impact it will have on our respective regions in the future. 

“The Gordie Howe International Crossing will be a game changer for Michigan’s ability to trade on an international level. Naming the bridge in honor of one of the most beloved public figures in Michigan and Canada reaffirms the impact this project will have for both countries.”

To watch full-coverage of the event, watch the video above.