Former Rangers legend Harry Howell has passed away, the team announced Sunday. He was 86.
Howell played for the Rangers for 17 seasons, from 1952 to 1969, and played professionaly until he was 40. His best season as a Blueshirt came in 1966-67, when the Ontario native accumulated 70 points and won the Norris Trophy, which is awarded to the NHL's top defenseman.
Our #NYR family mourns the passing of Blueshirts legend and Hall of Famer Harry Howell.- New York Rangers (@NYRangers) March 10, 2019
Harry will always remain in our hearts and his #3 will forever grace The Garden rafters. pic.twitter.com/1rk92DaQ0A
He was inducted into the NHL Hall of Fame in 1979.
"Harry's Hall of Fame accomplishments on the ice were exceeded only by the tremendous gentleman he was off the ice," Rangers president Glen Sather said in a statement. "I was privileged to have worked with Harry for over a decade in both Edmonton and New York and treasure our memories together."
Howell's legacy will permanently live on, as his No. 3 jersey is immortalized in the rafters of Madison Square Garden.
"The entire Rangers organization sends our most heartfelt condolences to the Howell family who recently lost Harry's beloved wife Marilyn, just a few weeks ago," Sather added. "They will always remain in our hearts and forever be a part of our Rangers family.