Harry Howell, the Hall of Fame defenseman who became one of hockey’s most durable figures, playing with the Rangers for 17 seasons in a career cheap nhl jerseys
that spanned 24 seasons in two leagues, died on Saturday in Ontario. He was 86.
His death was confirmed by the Rangers.
He had dementia and was living at a long-term care facility in Ancaster, outside his hometown, Hamilton.
When Howell joined the Rangers in October 1952, he was among 14 rookies with the team that season. Most didn’t stick around too long, but Howell went on to play in 1,160 regular-season games as a Ranger, a still-standing team record.
The Rangers were often lackluster in Howell’s playing days, but he joined with Andy Bathgate on right wing and Gump Worsley in goal, his fellow rookies and future Hall of Famers as well, to give their frustrated fans of the 1950s and early ’60s some hope.
Howell won the Norris Trophy as the N.H.L.’s leading defenseman in the 1966-67 season and he was a seven-time All-Star.
Soon after playing in his 1,000th game, in January 1967, he was presented with the Medal of the City of New York by Mayor John V. Lindsay and he was honored at the old Madison Square Garden with the first “night” ever accorded a Rangers player
Making his Ranger debut on Oct. 18, 1952, facing the Maple Leafs in Toronto, Howell scored on his first shot. But he was known as a “stay at home” defenseman, usually sticking close to his blue line instead of looking for a chance to carry the puck up ice.
At 6 foot 1 and 195 pounds or so, “I was a big guy for the time I played,” he told John Halligan and John Kreiser in “Game of My Life: New York Rangers” (2008). “But I wasn’t the type of guy to go run people. I could take them out of the play but I wasn’t going to skate 50 feet to hit someone.”
Howell finally broke the double-digit mark in goals scored in the 1966-67 season, when he had 12 goals and 28 assists.