Province approves Gordie Howe cemetery at Saskatoon arena after family requests interment

On Tuesday the City of Saskatoon received confirmation from the provincial government approving its official request to have the statue and a small portion of land adjacent to it designated a two-person cemetery.

Howe's family asked to have Gordie and his wife's cremated remains interred at a statue outside the arena

The Gordie Howe statue in front of SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon. (James Hopkin/CBC)

Gordie Howe's cremated remains can now be officially interred at the base of the statue that honours him at SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon.

On Tuesday, the City of Saskatoon received confirmation from the provincial government approving an official request it made on behalf of Howe's family, to have the statue and a small portion of land adjacent to the statue, designated a cemetery.

Howe's family approached city officials earlier this summer, saying it was their wish that the hockey star's remains be buried at the statue. Howe's late wife, Colleen, is the only other person whose remains will be buried there. She died in 2009.

Howe was born in Floral, Sask., but his family moved nine days later to Saskatoon where he grew up before embarking on a record-setting hockey career in the United States with the Detroit Red Wings.
In June a team sent by Garth Brooks bought 100 bouquets of flowers from Costco and placed them at the base of the Gordie Howe statue at SaskTel Centre after Howe's death. (James Hopkin/CBC)

The man nicknamed "Mr. Hockey" died on June 10 at the age of 88. In the days following his death a number of tributes were made for the NHL hall of famer including one from country music star Garth Brooks, who was performing six shows in Saskatoon the weekend Howe died.

Brooks placed 100 bouquets of flowers at the base of Howe's statue and he wore Howe's Red Wings jersey during one of his performances.

Garth Brooks took the stage in Saskatoon wearing a Gordie Howe jersey in June. (Karin Yeske/CBC)