Harry Howell (ice hockey)

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Harry Howell
Hockey Hall of Fame, 1979
1959 Topps Harry Howell.png
Born (1932-12-28) December 28, 1932 (age 81)
Hamilton, ON, CAN
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
New York Golden Blades
New Jersey Knights
San Diego Mariners
Calgary Cowboys
Playing career 1952–1976

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.[1] 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 in a row).[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 WHA teams: New York Golden Blades/New Jersey Knights, San Diego Mariners, and Calgary Cowboys.[5]

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 defenceman than anyone else, and remains sixth in all time games played as a defenseman. He also holds the record for most games played in the NHL wearing the same New York Rangers sweater: 1160.[6]

After retirement, he went on to coach the Minnesota North Stars in the 1978-79 season. Also in 1979, he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.[7]

In 1990, he finally won the Stanley Cup as a member of the Edmonton Oilers when he served as a scout.[8]

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.[9][10]

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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Career statistics[edit]

    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[edit]

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)

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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