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06-19-2013, 11:58 AM
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Originally Posted by Greg02 View Post
The Rangers never won a playoff series with Howell on the team, and Howell never recorded more than a single point any year. People on the HOH Top 60 project seemed to think Howell was a poor playoff performer, but I haven't gotten any quotes with regards to his defensive acumen yet.
Point totals don't tell the story for Howell. He was a true defensive-defenseman. As far as his playoff performances are concerned, I'll try to dig up some info later.

Legends of Hockey
Although not an overly aggressive rearguard he used his hockey sense to become an extremely effective defensive player. He was quite the unsung hero, buried with the largely unsuccessful Rangers. It was rare that he was rightfully recognized as one of hockey's top players. In fact it was not until 1966-67, his 15th year in the league, that he was honored with the Norris trophy as the league's best defenseman and with all star status.
Who's Who in Hockey
Was called up to the Rangers in 1952. From that time on, Howell established himself as one of the game's best defensive defensemen with his subtle - some deprecatingly called it dainty - style of play.
Earl Ingarfield
A real class act. A top defenseman who was very intelligent and good with the puck. He was big, strong, and steady. Not an offensive type, but one of the best defensemen in the NHL...It was a pleasure to be his teammate.
Shorthanded: The Untold Story of the Seals
He was a classic defensive defenseman.

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