By Kevin Werner, News Staff
NHL Hall of Famer Harry Howell will get his name on a Flamborough arena by at least September.
Politicians agreed July 9 at the facility naming sub-committee to re-name the North Wentworth Twin Pad Arena the “Harry Howell Arena.”
“The people of Flamborough are so excited by this,” said Flamborough councillor Judi Partridge.
There are two signs identifying the arena, one on the facility itself, and the other near the roadway. Both signs can be removed and the new signs can be installed identifying the facility as “Harry Howell Arena” by September, said city staff.
Politicians are scheduled to vote on the sub-committee’s recommendation at their July 11 council meeting.
“This is an urgent matter,” said Partridge.
Last month Councillor Brian McHattie asked his colleagues to consider re-naming a rink after the hockey legend.
Howell, born Dec. 28, 1932, in Hamilton, was a long-time player for the New York Rangers and was the last player in the pre-expansion era to win the Norris Trophy as the NHL’s best defenseman in 1967.
Howell played 17 years with the Rangers, two years with the Oakland/California Seals, three years with the Los Angles Kings and one year each with the WHA teams New York Golden Blades/New Jersey Knights, San Diego Mariners and Calgary Cowboys.
He was named a First-Team All-Star in 1967, and played in seven all-star games beginning in 1954.
When he retired, Howell had played more games as a defenceman than anyone else, and remains sixth all-time in games played as a defenceman. He also holds the record for most games played in the NHL wearing the same New York Rangers jersey at 1,160. His number was retired by the Rangers in 2009.
Howell also coached the Minnesota North Stars in the 1978-79 season. In 1979 he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. He won a Stanley Cup as a scout for the Edmonton Oilers in 1990.
In 2004 Howell was named to Hamilton’s “Heroes of Hometown Hockey All-Time Team.”
The 81-year-old Howell, who has lived in Hamilton and Carlisle, has been battling Alzheimer’s for the last couple of years.
The $17-million North Wentworth Twin Pad Arena was opened in 2012 west of Clappison Corners near the intersection of highways 5 and 6. It’s a 90,000-square-foot facility, with two NHL-size rinks and combined seating of 800 people.