There is already a rink, football field, campground, statue and sports complex in honour of Gordie Howe in Saskatoon, but if Coun. Darren Hill gets his way, there will be one more thing in the city named for Mr. Hockey.
Hill said he plans to put forward a motion during Monday’s council meeting to have Saskatoon’s Circle Drive South Bridge named for the hockey great.
“I think a significant piece of infrastructure that connects the city from the south-east corner to the entire west community where the campground and the park is and where Gordie was raised is, I think, a fitting tribute,” he said.
On Friday, Hill posted the idea to his Facebook page asking what people thought of the name change. Over the weekend, the post gained more than 1,500 likes and a vast majority of the 365 comments are in favour.
“I got way more than what I was expecting for a response,” he said.
“I have never seen numbers like that, in my almost 10 years of council, when it comes to municipal issue.”
Hill will need to obtain unanimous consent from all of the other councillors to bring the motion forward at Monday’s meeting because he missed the official deadline to file his motion ahead of time.
Without the other councillors on board, Hill will need to wait for next month’s meeting.
Mr. Hockey was born in Floral, Saskatchewan, but grew up and started playing hockey in Saskatoon. Howe passed away earlier this month at the age of 88.