Rangers great, Hall of Famer Harry Howell dies at 86

Harry Howell, a Hockey Hall of Fame defenseman who holds the Rangers doc for a lot of video video games carried out, died Sunday. He was 86.

“The National Hockey League mourns the passing of legendary defenseman, consummate professional, and Hockey Hall of Famer Harry Howell,” NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said in an announcement. “He could be remembered not only for his consistency and administration on the ice nonetheless the ultimate class with which he carried himself.

“The satisfaction of Hamilton, Ontario, Howell was humble and type. He and his beloved spouse of 64 years, Marilyn, who handed away final month, had been pillars of the communities through which they resided. We ship our deepest condolences to the Howell household as they — together with all the hockey world — grieve the loss of a universally-admired participant and gentleman.”

Howell made his NHL debut at age 19 in October 1952 and scored a goal in his first look. He went on to be a member of the Rangers for 17 seasons, missing solely 17 video video games in his first 16 years in New York. He eclipsed 30 components 3 instances, most notably within the course of the 1966-67 season via which he acquired the Norris Trophy as a result of the league’s excessive defender after a 40-point advertising and marketing marketing campaign.

“One of probably the most iconic gamers in franchise historical past, Harry’s Hall of Fame accomplishments on the ice had been exceeded solely by the large gentleman he was off the ice. I used to be privileged to have labored with Harry for over a decade in each Edmonton and New York and treasure our recollections collectively,” Rangers president Glen Sather said in an announcement.

“The complete Rangers group sends our most heartfelt condolences to the Howell household who just lately misplaced Harry’s beloved spouse Marilyn, just some weeks in the past. They will at all times stay in our hearts and without end be an element of our Rangers household.”

Howell retired in 1976 and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1979, nonetheless later acquired the Stanley Cup as a member of the Oilers when he served as a scout. He was extraordinarily regarded for his admirable character and humble impression every on and off the ice.

The Rangers commemorated Howell by hanging his No. 3 jersey throughout the rafters of Madison Square Garden in 2009. He carried out 1,411 occupation video video games in 21 seasons, tallying 345 components in 1,160 contests for the Rangers.

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