Gordie Howe Given Honorary Degree at U of S Convocation
Posted June 03, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – June 3, 2010
“The University of Saskatchewan is proud to award the degree of Doctor of Laws to Gordon ‘Gordie’ Howe,” said U of S President Peter MacKinnon at a convocation ceremony at TCU Place earlier today. “Congratulations, Doctor Hockey!”
Photos of the event can be found in the U of S Photo Gallery
Known internationally as Mr. Hockey, Howe played more National Hockey League games than any other player and is consistently recognized as one of the best ever to play the game. His philanthropic activities include the establishment of the Howe Foundation, which raises money for fees and equipment so children across North America can play hockey.
Howe was born in Floral, Saskatchewan in 1928 and was the sixth of nine children of farmers Albert and Katherine Howe. The family moved to Saskatoon within days of his birth and he called the city home until age 17 when he signed a professional contract with the Detroit Red Wings.
Howe said he is extremely pleased to receive an honorary degree from the U of S and to return to Saskatoon where he could visit with his surviving sisters, brother and friends who were in attendance at the ceremony today.
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