The Detroit Red Wings announced on Tuesday that they will honor the life of Hall-of-Famer Gordie Howe by wearing a patch on the front of their jerseys for the 2016-17 season.
The patch – a simple rectangle containing Howe’s #9 – will appear on the left side of the chest, above the tip of the Winged Wheel logo and opposite the captain’s C and alternate captain’s A.
On the red home jersey, the patch will be red with a white outline and a white number. On the white road jersey, the colors will be reversed.
“Our team wanted to honor ‘Mr. Hockey,’ due to his incredible impact on the game of hockey, the Red Wings organization and the city of Detroit,” said Tom Wilson, President and CEO of Olympia Entertainment, in a statement. “Wearing the ‘9’ jersey patch will be one of many ways our team will celebrate and look back on the life and career of Gordie during the upcoming season.”
This patch is in addition to the “Farewell to the Joe” patch to be worn on the left shoulder this season.
Howe’s #9 will also be painted on the ice behind each net.