Harry Howell (All-Star) - 1967 Topps

Henry Vernon “Harry” Howell (December 28, 1932 - March 9, 2019) was a fixture on the blueline with the NHL and World Hockey Association for 24 years, and missed only 17 games in his first 16 seasons with the New York Rangers. Howell starred on defense, offensively, with the Guelph Biltmores of the Ontario Junior Hockey League in the early 1950s leading them to the 1952 Memorial Cup title. He joined the Rangers in 1952, adding to an already steady All-Star defensive corps that included Hy Buller, Allan Stanley and Leo Reise. Howell’s durability allowed him to play ten full seasons, without missing a game during his 17 years with the New York Rangers (1952-1969). His numbers do not necessarily reflect the effectiveness of this stay-at-home rearguard that retired with more games played by a defenseman than any other in NHL history and more games than any other player wearing a Ranger sweater (1,160). Howell was named the 1967 Norris Trophy winner, honoring the NHL’s top defenseman, with 12 goals and 28 assists. He famously quipped that he was glad he won when he did, as he acknowledged that Bobby Orr (who finished second behind Howell) would “own” the trophy for years to come. As Howell predicted, Orr won the next eight Norris Trophies. Harry played t the cusp of the NHL expansion era and in 1969, he was traded to the Oakland Seals/California Golden Seals from 1969-71, then he was moved to the Los Angeles Kings for three more seasons (1971-1973). In 1973, as with many other NHL stars, Howell joined the World Hockey Association where he played three seasons with the New Jersey Golden Blades/Knights, San Diego Mariners and Calgary Cowboys. Harry was name dot the 1966-67 NHL All-Star First Team and played in seven NHL All-Star Games. He retired after the 1957-76 season with 94 regular season goals and 324 assists in 1,411 NHL games. He also had seven goals and 36 assists in 170 WHA games. Despite all of his talent and accolades, Howell never won the Stanley Cup in his 24-year career. Harry Howell was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1979.



Condition Census (Explain)

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 GEM MT 10
1 GEM MT 10
1 GEM MT 10
1 GEM MT 10
2 MINT 9 (14)

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