DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Red Wings and the family of hockey legend Gordie Howe are encouraging fans to attend a public visitation at Joe Louis Arena.

Mark Howe says in a release Monday that his father ''always had a special connection with the fans, so it was important to us to allow the public into the funeral service because it's the way he would have done it.''

Gordie Howe died Friday at the age of 88. He led the Red Wings to four Stanley Cups during his 25 years with the team.

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The public visitation is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday. The Howe family will greet the public at the arena. Gordie Howe's body will lie in state inside the arena bowl.