Howie Meeker, a former NHL player, Hockey Night in Canada icon and legendary character, passed away Sunday at age 97 at Nanaimo General Hospital in B.C.
Meeker, who won four Stanley Cups with Toronto and was the oldest living Maple Leaf, was an NHL star who won rookie of the year honours in 1947 after scoring 27 goals and 45 points in 55 games.A spokesperson for the Maple Leafs, the group that signed Meeker to a free-agent contract on April 13, 1946, validated his death previously Sunday. There was no instant word on the cause. Meeker went on to become a broadcaster and was understood for expressions such as"Jiminy Cricket,""Golly gee willikers"and "Stop it right there!" His work with HNIC made Meeker the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award in 1998 after a 30-year career on CBC and TSN.
Yesterday felt excellent. Today feels awful.
Howie Meeker's death leaves me with so much to say, and so little ability to discover the right words. In this restricted space, I'll attempt by remembering him as the very best of good friends during the finest times of my life.—@davehodge20!.?.! NHL commissioner Gary Bettman launched a statement Sunday evening, applauding Meeker for his achievements as a player, broadcaster, and educator for the game of hockey."Howie Meeker spent his impressive and long life playing, teaching and broadcasting the video game of hockey and serving his nation with extraordinary interest, "Bettman stated. Born on Nov. 4, 1923 in Kitchener, Ont., Meeker played eight years with the Maple Leafs-- winning NHL championships in 1947, 1948, 1949 and 1951-- and appeared in 3 all-star games. He finished his NHL career at 30 in the 1953-54 season with 83 goals and 185 points in 388 regular-season games while including 15 points in 42 playoff contests. A lot of famously, he passed the puck to Bill Barilko for the 1951 Cup overtime winner versus Montreal. Skated into his 80s Amongst Meeker's other career highlights was
scoring 5 goals in a 10-4 win over Chicago on Jan. 8, 1947, among only 44 gamers to tally five or more times in a video game. He continued to play professional hockey on
and off for another 15 years at a range of levels, consisting of the American Hockey League and Newfoundland Senior League, to name a few. Saddened to hear of the death of Howie Meeker. Really one of a kind! Working along with Howie in the HNIC
studio will constantly be on my list of career highlights. #ThatsHockey pic.twitter.com/0D6vZaSFjx—@CCpxpSN!.?.! Meeker retired from playing after the 1968-69 season and kept skating into his 80s. Cock Irvin, a fixture on HNIC for 33 years, told the Montreal Gazette in 2014 that Meeker was the very first tv expert to break down the video game and criticize players. <"'You can't do that!'"Irvin remembered Meeker stating."'See what he did? That was wrong! That man J.C.<Tremblay must never have done that. Tim Horton made an error! Take a look at what he's doing<there!&'
We are distressed with the news that our pal Howie Meeker passed away today at the age of 97
at Nanaimo General Hospital. @MapleLeafs @HockeyHallFame. Acknowledgements to his other half Leah and family. #RIP pic.twitter.com/90oVm76Arq—@berniepascall!.?.! Meeker invested two years as a Progressive Conservative member of Parliament while betting the Leafs. He won the federal byelection in the Ontario riding of Waterloo South in 1951 but didn't seek re-election 2 years later. Ran hockey schools, wrote books In 2010, Meeker was inducted into the Ontario Sports Hall of Fame. That year, he was designated to the Order of>Canada and was invested in an event in 2011. Meeker, who likewise called St. John's home through the years, ran hockey schools for more than 30 years&and literally composed the book>on hockey-- 1973's <Howie Meeker's Hockey Basics. The equipment has altered however this suggestions from a 1974 episode of @cbcsports"Howie Meeker's Hockey School "holds up(as does that incredible introduction ). Do you have any suggestions for brand-new hockey parents? pic.twitter.com/AqFXSWpmko—@CBC!.?.! During the '70s, he provided drills and ideas during his Howie Meeker Hockey School sessions on CBC. He later wrote another book called Golly Gee-- It's Me: The Howie Meeker Story. And he never ran except viewpoints on how to improve the video game he enjoyed.
Howie Meeker couldn't have been more friendly, enthusiastic or encouraging for a group of young hockey writers startingout in
Calgary in the early 80s. I'll constantly be grateful for the time invested talking with him, gaining from him.—@simmonssteve!.?.! "Jumpin'Jehoshaphat, <this isMeekerisms"as an expert on Hockey Night in Canada. Meeker passed away today at 97. Won Calder with #leafs in 1946-47. RIP Howie.—@Zeisberger!.?.! Meeker had 6 kids with his very first partner Grace-- they were wed for 55 years before she passed away of cancer. He remarried, dealing with better half Leah in Parksville on Vancouver Island where they were active in fundraising for the B.C. Guide Dog Services. A memorial will be held in New Hamburg, Ont., at a later date, the Leafs stated in a statement. Saddened to hear of the passing of Howie Meeker. #ThatsHockey pic.twitter.com/0D6vZaSFjx—@CCpxpSN!.?.! Meeker retired from playing after the 1968-69 season and kept skating into his 80s. @MapleLeafs @HockeyHallFame. #RIP pic.twitter.com/90oVm76Arq—@berniepascall!.?.! Meeker invested two years as a Progressive Conservative member of Parliament while playing for the Leafs. The equipment has actually changed but this advice from a 1974 episode of @cbcsports"Howie Meeker's Hockey School "holds up(as does that amazing introduction ).