In the National Hockey League, Howard William Meeker was a right-winger, youth coach, and trainer in ice hockey and sports broadcasting announcer, as well as a Conservative Independent Member of Parliament. He was born on 4 November 1923 in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada.
Meeker was the last remaining member of the 1947 Stanley Cup team, the 1949 Stanley Cup team, the 1951 Stanley Cup team, the 1951 Stanley Cup team, the Maple Leafs, and the first NHL All-Star Game.
Howie Meeker passed away at 97 years old.
Such sad news. I went to his hockey school twice when I was a kid at Stanstead College. Great memories (that’s me third from right in top row, directly above Howie). RIP, Howie. pic.twitter.com/sbmkrNiHca
Meeker represented the Toronto Maple Leafs in the National Hockey League in 1946–47. In his NHL debut, he scored 27 goals and 45 points, and he was awarded the Calder Memorial Trophy.
In the 1947NHL All-Star Game, Meeker also played and he also tied an NHL record in one game with five goals against the Chicago Black Hawks for most goals by a rookie. With the Leafs that season, Meeker also won his first Stanley Cup, the first of three consecutive Stanley Cups.
However, the season would prove Meeker’s best as a pro, and he’d never reach that amount of scoring again.
Yesterday felt good. Today feels awful. Howie Meeker’s death leaves me with so much to say, and so little ability to find the right words. In this limited space, I’ll try by remembering him as the best of friends during the best times of my life.
The #NHLAlumni is devastated to hear that Howie Meeker has passed away at the age of 97. A Canadian hockey & broadcasting icon, Howie played 8 seasons with the @MapleLeafs, won 4 Stanley Cups & the Calder Memorial Trophy in 1947. We send our condolences to his family & friends. pic.twitter.com/FSPvN8plul