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NHL Legend Harry Howell Dies at 86

Hockey Hall of Famer Harry Howell has passed away on Saturday night at an assisted care facility near Hamilton, Ontario. Howell may not be as popular as Ted Lindsey or Bobby Orr, but he is one of the most respected defensemen in NHL history.

Howell played 1,411 career NHL games and scored 418 career points ( 94 goals, 324 assists), while adding 1,300 penalty minutes. His best years were with the New York Rangers. During his time in New York, he played 1,160 games from 1952-69. In the 1966-1967 season, he won the last Norris Trophy in the pre-expansion era of the NHL. After winning the award Howell stated that NHL legend Bobby Orr would succeed him and dominate the award. His prediction was correct as Orr won the next eight seasons in a row.

After playing for the Rangers, he played for the Oakland/California Golden Seals and Los Angeles Kings. He finished his career for the World Hockey Association (WHA) playing for the New York/Jersey, San Diego, and Calgary totaling 7 goals and 36 assists in 170 games. Howell retired in 1976 and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1979. In 1990, he won his first Stanley Cup as a scout for the Edmonton Oilers.

The Rangers hanged his No.3 jersey in the rafters of Madison Square Garden in 2009. Rest in peace to another hockey legend.

Photo Credit to New York Rangers Twitter Account

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