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Oct. 18, 1952 (Rangers at Toronto Maple Leafs)
FINAL GAME WITH RANGERS
March 30, 1969 (Rangers vs.Toronto Maple Leafs)
1955-56 to 1956-57
MAJOR NHL AWARDS/ACHIEVEMENTS WITH RANGERS
Hockey Hall of Fame — Inducted 1979
Norris Trophy — 1966-67
NHL First All-Star Team — 1966-67
NHL All-Star Game — 1954, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1967, 1968
RANGERS TEAM AWARDS
Rangers MVP — 1963-64
Players` Player Award — 1964-65, 1966-67
Boucher Trophy (Most Popular) — 1964-65, 1965-66, 1966-67
Most career games played — 1,160
RANGERS ORGANIZATION STATISTICS
Minor-league games: 105
Minor-league teams: Guelph (OHA) 1950-1952; Cincinnati (AHL) 1951-52
Full name: Henry Vernon Howell
Uniform Numbers: 3
Retired from pro hockey: 1976
Harry Howell spent an amazing 17 consecutive seasons in a Rangers uniform and, in the process, established the team record for career games played.
Howell`s mark of 1,160 regular-season games might never be broken, as it would require a player to perform in every single game for at least 14 seasons. Howell has held the record ever since completinig his career with the team in March of 1969.
At the time Howell left the Blueshirts, he was 36 years old, but he still had another seven years of pro hockey left in him — as he did not finally retire until after he had performed for Calgary in the 1976 WHA playoffs.
Howell spent two seasons with the Rangers` major junior affiliate in Guelph, Ontario, before joining the team as a 19-year-old in 1952. He scored a goal in his first NHL game, and over the next 17 years, he became a fixture on defense, missing only 40 out of 1,200 regular-season games.
After serving as team captain in the late 1950s. Howell put together some of his best seasons in the mid-1960s, earning team MVP honors in 1963-64.
Perhaps Howell`s greatest hockey achievement came in 1966-67, when he won the Norris Trophy as the league`s top defenseman and earned a selection to the First All-Star Team. Howell would be the last player other than Bobby Orr to win the Norris Trophy until Denis Potvin broke Orr`s streak in 1976.
Howell was also among the most popular players in Rangers history, winning the Fan Club`s Frank Boucher Trophy in each season from 1965 to 1967. He is one of only four Rangers to have won that award three straight times, putting him in elite company with Andy Bathgate, Rod Gilbert and Mark Messier.
Howell`s younger brother Ron also played for the Rangers during the 1950s.
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