Harry Howell (ice hockey)

Harry Howell
Hockey Hall of Fame, 1979
Harry howell rangers.jpg
Howell with the New York Rangers.
Born (1932-12-28)December 28, 1932
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Died March 9, 2019(2019-03-09) (aged 86)
Ancaster, Ontario, Canada
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
Played for New York Rangers
Oakland Seals
Los Angeles Kings
WHA:
New York Golden Blades
New Jersey Knights
San Diego Mariners
Calgary Cowboys
Playing career 1952–1976

Henry Vernon Howell (December 28, 1932 – March 9, 2019) was a Canadian professional hockey player and longtime star for the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League.

Early life[]

He was born in Hamilton, Ontario and died on March 9, 2019 at the age of 86.[1]. He attended GCVI (Guelph Collegiate Vocational Institute), in Guelph, Ontario.

Career[]

A stalwart, stay at home defenceman, in 1967 Howell was the last player in the pre-expansion era to win the Norris Trophy,[2] and famously said that he was glad he won the trophy then, because Bobby Orr (who finished second that year) would "own" the Norris for some time to come (as it turned out, Orr would win the trophy for the next eight seasons).[3]

Howell's playing weight was 195 and he stood 6 foot 1 inches tall. He played seventeen years wearing number 3 for the Rangers[4] then he played another eight years in professional hockey; two with Oakland/California Seals, three with the Los Angeles Kings, and one each with three World Hockey Association (WHA) teams: New York Golden Blades/New Jersey Knights (1973–74 WHA season), San Diego Mariners (1974–75), and ending his playing career with the Calgary Cowboys (1975–76).[5]

Howell first moved into team management while still a player. After just seven games with the New York Golden Blades, Howell was elevated to player-coach when the team was moved and became the New Jersey Knights for the remainder of the season. At the end of that season, the Knights moved and became the San Diego Mariners, with Howell still performing double duty as player-coach. Howell was strictly a player during his season with the Calgary Cowboys.

Howell played 1411 NHL games and 170 WHA games, scoring 101 goals and 360 assists for 461 points.[6]

He was named a First Team All-Star in 1967, and played in All-Star Games in 1954, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1967, 1968 and 1970. When he left the NHL, Howell had played more games as a defenseman than anyone else, and remains sixth in all time games played as a defenseman. He also holds the record for most games played for New York Rangers: 1,160.[7]

After retiring as a player, Howell became General Manager of the Cleveland Barons for the 1977–78 NHL season. The Barons were in dire financial circumstances, and merged with the equally challenged Minnesota North Stars at the end of that season. Howell became head coach of the merged Minnesota North Stars for the 1978–79 season.

Howell was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1979.[8]

In 1990, he finally won the Stanley Cup as a member of the Edmonton Oilers where he served as a scout.[9]

Howell's #3, along with Andy Bathgate's #9, was retired by the New York Rangers during a special ceremony prior to the February 22, 2009 match versus the Toronto Maple Leafs.[10][11]

Also in 2009, Howell was ranked No. 10 on the all-time list of New York Rangers in the book 100 Ranger Greats (John Wiley & Sons. On March 9, 2019 Howell Passed away.

Awards and achievements[]

Career statistics[]

Howell at the Hockey Hall of Fame.
    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1951–52 Guelph Biltmores OHA 51 17 20 37 0
1951–52 Cincinnati Mohawks AHL 1 0 0 0 0
1952–53 Guelph Biltmores OHA 5 2 2 4 0
1952–53 New York Rangers NHL 67 3 8 11 46
1953–54 New York Rangers NHL 67 7 9 16 58
1954–55 New York Rangers NHL 70 2 14 16 87
1955–56 New York Rangers NHL 70 3 15 18 77 5 0 1 1 4
1956–57 New York Rangers NHL 65 2 10 12 70 5 1 0 1 6
1957–58 New York Rangers NHL 70 4 7 11 62 6 1 0 1 8
1958–59 New York Rangers NHL 70 4 10 14 101
1959–60 New York Rangers NHL 67 7 6 13 58
1960–61 New York Rangers NHL 70 7 10 17 62
1961–62 New York Rangers NHL 66 6 15 21 89 6 0 1 1 8
1962–63 New York Rangers NHL 70 5 20 25 55
1963–64 New York Rangers NHL 70 5 31 36 75
1964–65 New York Rangers NHL 68 2 20 22 63
1965–66 New York Rangers NHL 70 4 29 33 92
1966–67 New York Rangers NHL 70 12 28 40 54 4 0 0 0 4
1967–68 New York Rangers NHL 74 5 24 29 62 6 1 0 1 0
1968–69 New York Rangers NHL 56 4 7 11 36 2 0 0 0 0
1969–70 Oakland Seals NHL 55 4 16 20 52 4 0 1 1 2
1970–71 California Golden Seals NHL 28 0 9 9 14
1970–71 Los Angeles Kings NHL 18 3 8 11 4
1971–72 Los Angeles Kings NHL 77 1 17 18 53
1972–73 Los Angeles Kings NHL 73 4 11 15 28
1973–74 New York Golden Blades/Jersey Knights WHA 65 3 23 26 24
1974–75 San Diego Mariners WHA 74 4 10 14 28 5 1 0 1 10
1975–76 Calgary Cowboys WHA 31 0 3 3 6 2 0 0 0 2
NHL totals 1411 94 324 418 1298 38 3 3 6 32

NHL/WHA Coaching record[]

Team Year Regular season Post season
G W L T Pts Finish Result
New Jersey Knights (WHA) 1973–74 58 26 30 2 (54) 6th in East Missed playoffs
San Diego Mariners (WHA) 1974–75 78 43 31 4 90 2nd in West Lost in Semi-Finals
Minnesota North Stars (NHL) 1978–79 11 3 6 2 (8) 4th in Adams (resigned)

See also[]

References[]

  1. ^ "NHL Hall of Famer Harry Howell, Rangers games leader, dies at 86". Retrieved 2019-03-10.
  2. ^ "In the know on the Norris (www.nhl.com)". Retrieved 2008-08-21.
  3. ^ "Legends of Hockey: Silverware- James Norris Memorial Trophy Winner (www.legendsofhockey.net)". Retrieved 2008-08-21.
  4. ^ "Legends of Hockey Spotlight, Treasure Chest (www.hhof.com)". Archived from the original on 2011-05-25. Retrieved 2008-08-21.
  5. ^ "NOPAC TALENT: America's Premier Celebrity & Sports Talent Agency (www.nopactalent.com)". Archived from the original on 2008-07-08. Retrieved 2008-08-21.
  6. ^ "Hockey Database: Harry Howell (www.hockeydb.com)". Retrieved 2008-08-21.
  7. ^ "NHL Alumni News Archive: New York Rangers honour Harry Howell (www.nhlalumni.com)". Archived from the original on 2010-01-12. Retrieved 2008-08-21.
  8. ^ "Hockey Hall of Fame: "Stanley Cup Journal" (www.hhof.com)". Archived from the original on 2010-12-03. Retrieved 2008-08-21.
  9. ^ "TML Fever: Stanley Cup Rings (www.tmlfever.com)". Retrieved 2008-08-21.
  10. ^ "Canada.com: Red's Notebook, Red Fisher of the Gazette (April 12, 2008)". Archived from the original on November 4, 2012. Retrieved 2008-08-21.
  11. ^ David, Dan. "Bathgate, Howell come home to the rafters," newyorkrangers.com, Sunday, February 22, 2009. Archived October 2, 2011, at the Wayback Machine

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Awards
Preceded by
Jacques Laperrière
Winner of the Norris Trophy
1967
Succeeded by
Bobby Orr
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Don Raleigh
New York Rangers captain
195557
Succeeded by
George Sullivan
Preceded by
Bill McCreary, Sr.
General Manager of the Cleveland Barons
1977–78
Succeeded by
Position abolished
Preceded by
Lou Nanne
Head coach of the Minnesota North Stars
1978
Succeeded by
Glen Sonmor