Harry Howell (ice hockey)
|Hockey Hall of Fame, 1979|
Howell with the New York Rangers.
December 28, 1932|
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
March 9, 2019 (aged 86)|
Ancaster, 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
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 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).
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.
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.
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.
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 achievementsEdit
|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|
|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|
NHL/WHA Coaching recordEdit
|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)|
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- "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.
- "Hockey Hall of Fame: "Stanley Cup Journal" (www.hhof.com)". Archived from the original on 2010-12-03. Retrieved 2008-08-21.
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- David, Dan. "Bathgate, Howell come home to the rafters," newyorkrangers.com, Sunday, February 22, 2009. Archived October 2, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
- Biographical information and career statistics from Eliteprospects.com, or Hockey-Reference.com, or Legends of Hockey, or The Internet Hockey Database
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| 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