The Rangers have released the following statement from President Glen Sather on the passing for former Ranger Harry Howell:
Today, the New York Rangers and the hockey world are saddened to hear of the passing of Legendary Blueshirt, Harry Howell. One of the most iconic players in franchise history, Harry’s Hall of Fame accomplishments on the ice were exceeded only by the tremendous gentleman he was off the ice. I was privileged to have worked with Harry for over a decade in both Edmonton and New York and treasure our memories together.
Harry played 17 seasons in New York, establishing a franchise record of 1,160 regular season games played, that may never be broken. Affectionately known as “Harry the Horse”, he won the Norris Trophy in 1966-67 and was a stalwart on defense. Alongside his dear friend and teammate #9 Andy Bathgate, seeing his No. 3 jersey take its rightful place in the Madison Square Garden rafters in 2009 was a proud moment for our franchise. 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.
They will always remain in our hearts and forever be a part of our Rangers family.
Howell is a Hockey Hall of Famer and his #3 has been retired by the Rangers.
He played 1160 games with the Rangers, scoring 82 goals and 263 assists.
Very saddened with the passing of my former teammate Harry Howell. Harry was like a big brother to me and included me as a family member. I’m blessed to have received his love and support . Harry you were a true pillar & a great leader. RIP #3 in the Garden rafters forever.
— Rod Gilbert (@rodgilbert7) March 10, 2019