Harry Howell

a Canadian professional hockey player

Harry Howell
Canadian Ice Hockey Player Source: Google

Henry  Howell was a Canadian professional hockey player who played for the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League for many years (NHL). Between 1952 and 1976, he played in the NHL and then the World Hockey Association (WHA). Moreover, Henry briefly worked as a coach in both leagues.

Harry Howell | Personal Life And Family

Henry Vernon Howell, better known as Harry Howell, was born in Hamilton on December 28, 1932. He tragically died on March 10, 2019, in Ancaster, Ontario.

Harry shared a home with his parents, John Vernon (Vern) and Dorothy Howell. He had two younger siblings as well. His family also owns Howell’s brother’s Furs.

Harry Howell
Howell and his wife Elizabeth Source: Google

Harry also married Marilyn Elizabeth and had two children with her.

Harry Howell |  Career

Howell began playing hockey at the age of 12 in the Hamilton Police Minor League, which was sponsored by Hicks Fur.

Hicks Furs competed with Howell Brothers Furs. He later went on to play for Thomson Motors, where he won the league and the city championship.

Howell began his career in the Ontario Hockey Association with the Guelph Biltmore Mad Hatters, a New York Rangers affiliate (OHA). Harry even made his debut for Guelph’s B-level during the Junior A season.

Harry Howell
Canadian professional hockey player Source: Google

Until his third season, Harry had 37 points in 51 games as Guelph won the OHA championship.
Harry’s Guelph cruise earned him a spot in the Memorial Cup against the Regina Pats.

New York Rangers

He made his NHL debut with the New York Rangers after winning the Memorial Cup in 1952. Howell got his NHL career off to a great start, scoring his first goal against Toronto Maple Leaf’s goalie Harry Lumley.

At the end of his fourth season (1955-56), he was the youngest team captain in history, at the age of 22. In 1957, he gave it to his teammate Red Sullivan.

Harry quickly earned a reputation as a tough, dependable “iron man” player. In his first 17 seasons with the Rangers, he only missed 20 regular-season games.

During his time with the New York Rangers, his teammates regarded him as a valuable defenseman. He was so determined to be the best that his teammates referred to him as“Harry the Horse.”

Oakland Seals

Harry suffered a back injury, which hampered his performance. In April 1969, Harry underwent spinal fusion surgery.

The Rangers offered him the position of team manager despite his limitations as a player.

But Howell refused to call it quits as a player. The Oakland Seals were delighted to grant his wish and offered to “buy” him from the Rangers.

Harry Howell | World Hockey Association

Harry continued to get offers to manage teams, but Howell believed he was still energetic and young enough to play on the ice.

In 1972-73, he was approached by the Los Angeles Kings to coach their Western Hockey League affiliate in Portland, Oregon.

Harry Howell
Ice Hockey Player Source: Google

Then Harry joins the newly formed World Hockey Association (WHA) to continue his hockey career. The team relocated to Cherry Hill, New Jersey, in 1973, and was later renamed the Jersey Knights.

After rebranding the San Diego Mariners in April 1974, California businessman Joseph Schwartz introduced more about the WHA.


Beginning with his first season in San Diego, Howell served as a player-coach, guiding the Mariners to the playoffs. As a result, they won the first round against the Toronto Toros.

Meanwhile, Harry retired in September 1975 after suffering a shoulder injury in the postseason.

In January 1976, he made a brief appearance for the WHA’s Calgary Cowboys before signing as a free agent. Howell played 31 games for the Cowboys until he was 43 years old.

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Harry Howell | Coach

On September 10, 1976, Harry Howell was hired as an assistant general manager for the Cleveland Barons (then known as the California Golden Seals). He replaced Bill McCreary, who had been fired.

Similarly, Harry was Team Canada’s coach at the 1978 World Championships in Prague, Czechoslovakia.

The Cleveland Barons merged with the Minnesota North Stars later on. On July 5, Howell was named coach of the newly renamed North Starts franchise.

During the 1978-79 season, Howell coached here for 11 games.

Harry Howell | Scout And Films

Some speculate that Harry was dissatisfied with his performance as a coach and left to become the team’s chief scout.

Howell began his professional scouting career with the Edmonton Oilers in 1987. They were even on the Stanley Cup-winning team in 1990.

Howell followed in the footsteps of manager Glen Sather from the Edmonton Oilers to the New York Rangers in 2000. Harry scouted until 2005 when he officially retired at the age of 71.

Apart from hockey, Harry has appeared in films such as Rebel Love (1985), NHL on CBS (1957), and Murder in Coweta County (1985). (1983).

Harry Howell |Honors And Achievements

Howell was the first Ranger to appear in 1,000 regular-season games. On January 25, 1967, the Rangers held a “Harry Howell Night” at Madison Square Garden to honor him.

It was also the Rangers’ first time holding such a lavish celebration for one of their players. For his special day, they even flew “two planeloads” of his friends and family from Hamilton.

On this special day, Howell was also presented with a medallion by New York City Mayor John Lindsay.

Winning the Norris Memorial Trophy

From 1966 to 1967, Howell was at the pinnacle of his career. Meanwhile, this 34-year-old Ranger had an NHL career high in goals (12), as well as 28 assists and points (40).

Harry Howell also won the James Norris Memorial Trophy, which is given to the best defenseman in the NHL each year.

Harry stated that he was relieved to have won that year because someone else might have taken over in the following decade. And he was correct. Bobby Orr would win this award for the eighth time in a row.

Frank Boucher Trophies

Beginning in 1965, Howell won three consecutive Frank Boucher Trophies. He is one of only four Rangers to have accomplished this feat.

Harry Howell | Net Worth

Despite the fact that Harry has never revealed his true net worth, famous hockey players’ estimated net worth ranges from $1 million to $4 million, and the same could be said of Harry Howell.

Although his net worth was never disclosed, Howell’s net worth is estimated to be between $1 million and $4 million, which is the average net worth of the most famous hockey players at the time.

Harry Howell | Cause of Death

Harry, the Hall of Fame defenseman, died on March 9, 2019, at the age of 86. It was only a month after the death of his beloved wife, Marilyn Elizabeth.

Fans sent heartfelt condolences to Howell. He was both an iconic coach and a legendary player.

Social Media Presence

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Frequently Asked Question 

What was Harry Howell’s birth date?

December 28, 1932.

Is Harry Holt related to Harry Howell?

Harry Holt, an Australian politician, and Harry Howell, a Canadian hockey player, are not related. Harry Hold was Australia’s 17th Prime Minister and the leader of the Liberal Party.

Quick Facts

Full Name Henry Vernon Howell
Known as Harry Howell
Nickname Harry
Birth Date 28 December 1932
Birth Place Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Residence Ontario, Canada
Religion Christian
Nationality Canadian
Ethnicity White
Education N/A
Horoscope Aquarius
Father’s Name John  Vernon
Mother’s Name Dorothy Howell
Siblings 2
Died 9 March 2019
Height 6’1″ (1.85 m)
Weight 88 kg (195 lb)
Eye Color Brown
Hair Color Blonde
Body type Athletic
Profession Ice Hockey Player
Marital Status Married
Spouse Marilyn Elizabeth
Children 2
Name of Children N/A
Beginning of Professional Career 1952
Retirement 1976
Sports team Guelph Biltmore’s
Coach 3 Yrs, 72-67-8, 152 Pts.
  • Frank Boucher Trophies for three straight times: 1965-1967
  • Hockey Hall of Fame: 197
  • The New York Rangers retired Howell’s No. 3 jerseys in a ceremony to honor Andy Bathgate. Honored to have a sweater raised to the rafters in Madison Square Garden: February 2009
  • Special honor in his hometown of Hamilton, Ontario while induct into the Hamilton Sports Hall of Fame: 2010
  • Honor from his hometown of Hamilton, Ontario, when the North Wentworth Twin Pad Arena was renamed the Harry Howell Arena: 2014
  • Canada Post commemorated Howell on a stamp, as a collection of the Country’s best defencemen from the NHL’s Original Six era: October 2014
Films Rebel Love (1985), NHL on CBS (1957), and Murder in Coweta Country (1983)
Awards James Norris Memorial Trophy (1967), First All-Star Team Defense (1967)
Net Worth $1 million – $4 million
Position Defenseman
Died at the age of 86 years
Merch  Troops Hockey Card, Slabbed Autographed Card

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