The City of Saskatoon has officially proclaimed September 25th, 2016, as Thank You, Mr. Hockey Day. The day will begin at 9:30am at Sasktel Centre where a private ceremony will take place for the Howe family to have Gordie and Colleen’s ashes interred at the Gordie Howe Statue. The Blades will then escort the Howe family to the newly christened Gordie Howe Bridge on Circle Drive South.
The festivities will get underway for the general public at Sasktel Centre at 12:00pm with a tailgate party. CCMA nominated country artist Brody Siebert will be performing, along with Brock Andrews. Bouncy castles will be present for kids to enjoy, and a BBQ lunch will be available to all fans.
Doors to Sasktel Centre will open at 1:00pm, and fans are encouraged to head inside to see some of the Gordie Howe artwork on hand. There will also be trophies Gordie won from the Hockey Hall Of Fame on the concourse, including the Hart Memorial and Art Ross. Fans will want to get inside early, as the first 6000 fans will receive a special collectible item.
The special pre-game ceremony will begin at 2:00pm. Play-by-play legend, Bob Cole of Hockey Night In Canada, will be on hand and leading the ceremonies.
The Blades will be wearing special tribute jerseys for the game, and memorial stickers on their helmets all season. The jerseys will then be auctioned off with all the proceeds going to the Gordie Howe Alzheimers Fund.