Saskatoon

Gordie Howe's remains to be laid to rest later this month in Saskatoon

Saskatoon will get the chance to say goodbye to Gordie Howe one last time.

Howe's remains will be interred at SaskTel Centre in ceremony, Howe family will be in attendance

A statue in front of SaskTel Centre honouring Gordie Howe. (James Hopkin/CBC)

Saskatoon will get the chance to say goodbye to Gordie Howe one last time.

Howe grew up in Saskatoon before he became a hockey legend paying for the Detroit Red Wings. He died in June at the age of 88.

Howe's cremated remains will be interred at SaskTel Centre, at the base of a statue in his honour, along with his late wife Colleen. The provincial government recently approved a request to designate the statue as a cemetery.

"It's going to be an incredibly historic day," said Saskatoon Blades President Steve Hogle. "It's our way to thank the Howe family for all that Gordie did for us, so we're really excited to welcome everybody here. We think we're going to pack the place."

All four of Howe's children, along with his grandchildren will be in attendance. Veteran Hockey Night in Canada sportscaster Bob Cole will emcee the ceremony.

Many of Gordie Howe's trophies from his hockey career will be on display at the event.

The Saskatoon Blades will be wearing a special hockey jersey featuring Howe, along with images of the Saskatoon skyline and Howe's family.

The ceremony on Sept. 25 will start at 2 p.m. CST before the Saskatoon Blades' season opener versus the Swift Current Broncos.

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