Harry Howell
(AP Photo/John Lent)

The New York Rangers family lost another member as hockey legend Harry Howell passed away late Saturday night at the age of 86.

Frank Curto

Its been a tough week for hockey fans, first with the passing of Ted Lindsay. Additionally, hitting closer to home, the hockey world lost New York Rangers legend, Harry Howell.

Howell, 86-years old, passed away late Saturday night.

The defenseman played 17 seasons for the Rangers from 1952-1969, appearing in six NHL All-Star games. Howell won the Norris Trophy as the league’s best defenseman in 1966-1967.

Appearing in 1160 games, Howell put forth 82 goals along with 263 assists for 345 points. The tough man on the ice also recorded 1147 penalty minutes in the hard playing days of the NHL.

He still holds the record for most games played in a New York Rangers uniform.

Howell wore the “C” on his chest from 1955-1957. He had an outstanding NHL career that lasted 21 years as he skated with the Oakland Seals and the Los Angeles Kings.

Howell skated in the WHA for three seasons from 1973-1976.

Howell also worked the other side of the bench as he was the head coach of the Minnesota North Stars in 1979 following two seasons of coaching in the WHA.

The hockey great finally was finally part of a Stanley Cup Championship team as a scout for the Edmonton Oilers in 1990.

Howell was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1979 and had his No. 3 raised to the rafters at Madison Square Garden in 2009.

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A graduate of St. John's University class of '91. I have been a fan of the New York Rangers since the days of Peter Puck. Founder of Ranger Proud, the Facebook page that covers all news, notes, pre /post-game stats, and player quotes. I can be reached at Nyrfc12@gmail.com