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New Canada-U.S. bridge to be named after 'Mr. Hockey' Gordie Howe

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WINDSOR, Ont. - A new bridge between Windsor, Ont., and Detroit will be named after hockey legend Gordie Howe.

Howe, who is now 87, was born in Floral, Sask., and came to be known as "Mr. Hockey."

The still-to-be built Gordie Howe International Bridge is expected to be operational in 2020.

The Windsor-Detroit corridor is the busiest commercial land crossing between the two countries and the border has long been a bottleneck.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper made the announcement today along with Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder at the river separating Canada and the U.S.

Harper praised Howe as a proud Canadian who led the Detroit Red Wings to four Stanley Cup wins and built goodwill between the two countries.

"It is my sincere hope that this bridge, which bears his name, will continue this proud legacy," Harper said.

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