Gordie Howe made a rare public appearance Friday night when he was honored at the Kinsmen Sports Celebrity Dinner in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
Wayne Gretzky, Bobby Hull and Brett Hull were among the hockey dignitaries who made the trip to honor Howe at the fundraiser, which benefits area recreation programs. It was billed by event organizers as the last public appearance for "Mr. Hockey."
Howe, who had at least one stroke last year and suffers from dementia, did not take part in the morning press conference but was able to appear at the dinner. He smiled as he made his way through a hotel lobby on his way to the event.
There were chants of "Gordie! Gordie!" as he went to the stage after the announcement was made that one of the rinks in Saskatoon is being renamed the Gordie Howe Kinsman Arena, according to Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.com.