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Harry Howell  

Harry Howell, in his era, played more games in major league hockey than any defenseman in history, although he never was able to win a Stanley Cup.

Harry Howell, in his era, played more games in major league hockey than any defenseman in history, although he never was able to win a Stanley Cup.

Harry played in a total of 1,581 contests, 1,411 in the NHL and 170 in the World Hockey Association.

Howell was born in Hamilton, Ontario, in 1932 and was known as a dedicated, dependable player on the ice and a classy guy off it. Harry started playing junior hockey for the Guelph Biltmores. Harry's professional career began in 1952 with the NY Rangers. Howell quickly gained a reputation as a durable, dependable "iron man" and missed only seventeen games in his first sixteen seasons as a Ranger.

Harry Howell's best season was in 1966-67 when he won the Norris Trophy as the NHL's best defenseman.

Howell was sold to the Oakland Seals in 1969 for his defense, but he was traded to the Los Angeles Kings in February of 1971. He played there until the end of the 1973 season. Howell then moved over to the WHA to play for the San Diego, New Jersey and Calgary franchises and in 1975 he retired from hockey.

After his retirement, Harry moved to a front-office position as assistant general manager with the Cleveland Barons in 1976. He later moved up to become a full-fledged general manager with the Barons until they merged with the Minnesota North Stars in 1978. Harry continued to coach the Stars in 1978-79 for seventeen games and he later became the team's chief scout.

Howell was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1979.

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