Gordie Howe Bridge

Submitted by Waynes World on May 14th, 2015 at 5:10 PM

The new bridge between Detroit and Canada will be named the Gordie Howe Bridge. I happen to believe this is a great name for a Detroit area hockey legend. What are your thoughts?


Yostbound and Down

May 14th, 2015 at 5:39 PM ^

Will definitely be taking this going forward... also quite literally, thanks Canada. 

Made the mistake of listening to 97.1 on the way home (podcast wouldn't download) and some jackass didn't know who Gordie Howe was. I mean, besides hockey, have you not seen Ferris Bueller's Day Off? 


The FannMan

May 14th, 2015 at 5:40 PM ^

"How are you getting to Canada?"

"Yes, that's right, Howe."

"No, how?"

"Yes, Howe."

"That's my question, how?"

'Yes, that's right - Howe."

Love the idea, though we may want to call it "The Gordie."


May 14th, 2015 at 6:16 PM ^

When it comes to something like a bridge, there probably aren't very many Detroit sports figures whose name could really grace it and do so well, but Gordie Howe is really one of those names that works for this, in my opinion. As a sidenote, we've actually been prepping our facilities for a long time for the US end of the bridge and will simply be waiting for the call to provide the plaza on our side with service whenever that happens. 

Mr. Owl

May 14th, 2015 at 7:11 PM ^

Love Gordie Howe.

Love that there will be a non-Moroun owned bridge.

Don't love that society has become just one big celebrity love fest.  Does having been one of the best hockey players ever mean a bridge gets named after you?  Now it does.  Just as in England the way to become a Knight now is all about fame.

I thought Tecumseh would have been a great name to attach to the bridge, but I guess that this is something that will be popular amongst people, so yay for the blatant popularity move.

Too bad the new arena will likely be named something like "Little Ceasar's Hot & Ready Hockeytown Arena"

At least we haven't gotten to selling bridge names... yet.

Lou MacAdoo

May 14th, 2015 at 9:29 PM ^

Mr. Hockey was born in Canada and played the majority of his historic hall of fame career in Detroit. He dominated a sport that both Michigan and Ontario hold dear. Holding most major records until a man they call the Great One came along.

He was married for 59 years and produced three children. Two of them played professional hockey, one of which became a hall of famer, and a third that's a radiologist. He's survived a fractured skull, skin cancer, a stroke, and so far dementia.

I've seen him at a couple games signing books and chattting with fans. My mother who was a nurse during one of his surgeries told him I was a hockey player and he gave her a signed picture to take home to me.

I think he's worthy of a bridge and maybe even a highway. I mean if they're going to call themselves Hockeytown they should probably honor Mr. Hockey.


May 14th, 2015 at 11:32 PM ^

Super name. Great tribute to a great Canadian who made a name for himself in the US.  I hope like hell Gordie lives to see or visit the Inauguration of that bridge .


May 15th, 2015 at 1:22 AM ^

My uncle worked at Olympia Stadium years ago.  After a game Gordie Howe came and talked with my family for a few minutes.  Gordie Howe was wearing a suit and tie and a long overcoat.  To me, he looked like the President of the United States.


The Mad Hatter

May 15th, 2015 at 10:41 AM ^

Now I hope that they design a great bridge.  Something iconic that would be instantly recognized the world over.  Something beautiful, not just functional.


Maybe make it look like it's being held up by hockey sticks or something?



May 15th, 2015 at 10:57 AM ^

It's definitely going to be either a suspension bridge or a cable-stay. Either way, the span is so large that there will be two towers, and no chance in hell any tower is in the Detroit River. A cable-stay would have to be taller, but I think they look better and you can do more unique designs with them. Plus then you're not building a copy of the Ambassador bridge just upstream.