At the request of the Howe family, cremated remains of Gordie and Colleen Howe will be interred in the base of the statue honoring “Mr. Hockey” at SaskTel Centre.
The City has to apply to the provincial government and ask that the statue and a small portion of adjacent area be declared a cemetery.
Hockey legend Gordie Howe died June 10th. Howe grew up and spent 16 years in Saskatoon before embarking on a record-setting hockey career in the United States.
General Manager of Corporate Performance Catherine Gryba says, the city will take the appropriate steps to safeguard and respect Gordie and Colleen’s ashes.
They will be encased in a special concrete vessel with a commemorative plaque on top to protect them.
The Administration will ask City Council for a resolution at its regular business meeting.
SaskTel Centre will cover the costs of the project up to a maximum of $6000, and the Saskatoon Blades will cover any costs over and above that amount.