Biography of Famous Hockey Player and Athlete H.W. Howie Morenz

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H. W. (Howie) Morenz

Howard William Morenz was a runaway leader in a 1950 Canadian Press poll to select the outstanding hockey player of the half century.

Born in Mitchell, Ont., in 1902, Morenz began his hockey career at nearby Stratford. He joined the Montreal Canadiens for the 1923-1924 season.

A colorful player, he became a great box-office attraction for the Canadiens because of his reckless speed and his headlong rushes. U.S. sportswriters called him "the Babe Ruth of Hockey." He also earned other nicknames such as the "Stratford Streak," "Canadien Comet," "Hurtling Habitant," and the "Mitchell Meteor."

Morenz, who played with the Canadiens for 11 seasons, was noted for his great stickhandling ability and a snapping shot. He was traded to Chicago and then went to the New York Rangers midway through the 1935-1936 season and came back to the Canadiens for the 1936-1937 season. He broke his leg in a game on January 28, 1937, and it led to his death on March 8, 1937.

Morenz scored 270 goals during his career and won the Hart Trophy 3 times: 1927-1928, 1930-1931, and 1931-1932.

In the 1928-1929 season he scored 40 goals in 44 games and in 1924-1925 he tallied 30 goals in 30 games. He was twice NHL scoring champion.

He was named to the 1st All-Star team twice and once to the 2nd. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1945.

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