The publicly financed bridge between Detroit and Windsor will be called the Gordie Howe International Crossing.
Gov. Rick Snyder and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper made the announcement in Windsor today.
The Canadian hockey great known as “Mr. Hockey” helped the Red Wings win four Stanley Cups.
“The Gordie Howe International Crossing will be a game changer for Michigan’s ability to trade on an international level,” Snyder said in a statement. “Naming the bridge in honor of one of the most beloved public figures in Michigan and Canada reaffirms the impact this project will have for both countries.”
Canada is paying Michigan’s share of the cost of bridge construction, and plans to recoup the money from bridge tolls.
The $2.1 billion bridge is expected to be open by 2020.