|Hockey Hall of Fame, 1979|
Howell with the New York Rangers.
December 28, 1932|
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
|Height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|Weight||195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)|
New York Rangers|
Los Angeles Kings
New York Golden Blades
New Jersey Knights
San Diego Mariners
Henry Vernon Howell (born December 28, 1932) is a former professional hockey player and longtime star for the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League. He was born in Hamilton, Ontario.. He went to GCVI (Guelph Collegiate Vocational Institute), in Guelph. A stalwart, stay at home defenceman, in 1967 Howell was the last player in the pre-expansion era to win the Norris Trophy, 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).
Howell's playing weight was 195 and he stood 6 foot 1 inches tall. He played seventeen years wearing number 3 for the Rangers 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 WHA teams: New York Golden Blades/New Jersey Knights, San Diego Mariners, and Calgary Cowboys.
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 defenceman than anyone else, and remains sixth in all time games played as a defenceman. He also holds the record for most games played for New York Rangers : 1160.
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).
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|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|
|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|
|Team||Year||Regular season||Post season|
|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)|
| Winner of the Norris Trophy
| New York Rangers captain
Bill McCreary, Sr.
| General Manager of the Cleveland Barons
| Head coach of the Minnesota North Stars