|Born:||September 21, 1902||Draft:||Undrafted|
|Known For:||Hall of Fame||Shoots/Catches:||Left|
Howard William “Howie” Morenz (September 21, 1902 – March 8, 1937) was a Canadian professional ice hockey player. Beginning in 1923, he played center for three National Hockey League teams: the Montreal Canadiens (in two stints), the Chicago Black Hawks, and the New York Rangers. In the NHL, he was one of the most dominant players in the league and set several league scoring records. A strong skater, Morenz was referred to as the “Stratford Streak” and “Mitchell Meteor” in reference to his speed on the ice.
Considered one of the first stars of the NHL, Morenz played 14 seasons in the league. He was a member of a Stanley Cup–winning team three times, all with the Canadiens. During his NHL career he placed in the top 10 leading scorers ten times. For seven straight seasons, Morenz led the Canadiens in both goals scored and points. He was named the winner of the Hart Trophy as the most valuable player of the league three times, and he led the league once in goals scored and twice in points scored. After the introduction of All-Star teams in 1931, he was named to the NHL First All-Star Team twice and the NHL Second All-Star Team once.
Morenz died from complications of a broken leg, an injury he suffered in a game. After his death, the Canadiens retired his jersey number, the first time the team had done so for any player. When the Hockey Hall of Fame opened in 1945, Morenz was one of the original nine inductees. In 1950, the Canadian Press named him the best ice hockey player of the first half of the 20th century, and in 2017 the NHL included him on their list of the 100 greatest players in league history.
Howie Morenz Statistics
- Habs History: The Life & Times of Howie Morenz
- Montreal Canadiens’ Retired Jerseys: Story of a Famed Franchise
- Best NHL Players of All-Time by Decade
- Hart Memorial Trophy Winner — 1928, 1931, 1932
- NHL First Team All-Star — 1931, 1932
- NHL Second Team All-Star — 1933
- Stanley Cup Champion — 1924, 1925, 1930, 1931
- No. 7 Jersey Retired by Canadiens — 1937
- Original Inductee into Hockey Hall of Fame — 1945
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