Garth Brooks took the stage in Saskatoon on Friday night sporting a hockey icon's Gordie Howe number 9 Detroit Red Wings jersey. The country superstar wanted to pay respects to the hockey legend, who passed away on Friday (June 10) at the age of 88.

"It's an honor to be in Gordie Howe's hometown," Brooks later shared on social media. "May we all mean to our sport what MrHockey meant to his."

After suffering strokes since 2014, the hockey hero died peacefully surrounded by his family.

"Hockey legend Gordie Howe, age 88, passed away peacefully this morning with his family by his side. The Howe family would like to thank friends and fans for their love and support," the family says in an official statement. "Gordie had a special connection with Red Wings fans and was always touched by their commitment. We are celebrating the life of a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and a friend to all."

Brooks is currently on a road as a part of his Garth Brooks World Tour alongside his country-singing wife, Trisha Yearwood. The trek is hitting spots from coast to coast, with all tour dates listed on his website.

He is also prepping fans for the release of his upcoming unnamed album by launching a new web series titled Inside Studio G, which takes his fans backstage of his live shows as well as behind the scenes of the making of his new record.

"The thing I’m going to love most is getting ready to take you into the new album," Brooks explains. “Take you into songwriting sessions, take you into recording sessions, see places. You’re going to see the room where 'The Dance' was cut. You’re going to see the room we packed 15 people in to sing 'Friends in Low Places,' and you’re going to see the new album be created and you’re going to be part of it."

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