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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.

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


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