TORONTO, April 15 - Canadian icon Gordie Howe has been announced as the drawmaster for this year’s 150th running of the Queen’s Plate, which will be contested on Sunday, June 21, at Woodbine.

Often referred to as Mr. Hockey, and widely regarded as one of the greatest hockey players of all time, Howe will assist in draw ceremonies on June 18 at the Toronto oval.

Noted for his scoring prowess, physical strength, and long career, Howe is the only player to have competed in the NHL in five (1940s through 1980s) different decades.

A four-time Stanley Cup champion with the Detroit Red Wings, he won six Hart Trophies as the league's most valuable player and six Art Ross Trophies as the leading scorer. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1972 and was the recipient of the first NHL Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008.