Detroit Red Wings legend Gordie Howe with Habs icon Jean Béliveau at the Canadiens’ Centennial Game on Dec. 4, 2009.
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No one knows how long it’s been since hockey icon Gordie Howe, who turns 84 on March 31, has been in Montreal to casually mingle with fans.
But the Detroit Red Wings legend returns Saturday for a one-hour autograph signing at Montreal’s Centre Pierre Charbonneau, headlining the two-day 14th edition of the Sport & Toy Collectibles show.
Howe was last in Montreal for the Canadiens’ Dec. 4, 2009 Centennial Game, receiving a standing ovation from Bell Centre fans when he walked to centre ice to introduce his great friend and Canadiens rival Jean Béliveau.
The appearance Saturday of Mr. Hockey, accompanied by his son, Marty Howe, will be preceded at 10:30 am by Hall of Fame goaltender Billy Smith of the New York Islanders and followed at 1:30 p.m. by former Canadiens forward Gilles Tremblay.
On Sunday at 1 p.m., current Habs Carey Price, Josh Gorges and Travis Moen are scheduled to sign for an hour.
About 100 exhibitors and vendors from Quebec, Ontario and the Maritimes will be on hand Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to sell, buy, trade and grade collectibles.
The show will also feature a tribute to late Expos catcher Gary Carter.
Note than autograph fees apply above the cost of admission, which is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $6 for those age 6 to 16 and free for those under 6. A two-day passport is available for $16.
Centre Pierre Charbonneau is at 3000 rue Viau, just north of Pierre-de-Coubertin. Pay parking in front of the building, accessible from Viau métro station.
• Autograph fees:
Gordie Howe: $120, $150 and $300, based on size and nature of article
Billy Smith: $30 regular items, $60 for masks and jerseys
Gilles Tremblay: $15
Carey Price: $65 for a small article, $75 for large
Josh Gorges: $20
Travis Moen: $15.