Former Maple Leaf, Hockey Night In Canada analyst Howie Meeker has died

He won the Calder Cup for the 1947/48 season and four Stanley Cups with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

He won the hearts of hockey fans as an analyst with Hockey Night in Canada.

Howie Meeker has died at age 97.

“Howie Meeker connected countless fans to hockey with his wisdom and infectious voice.”

– NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman

Meeker retired from the Maple Leafs after the 1953-54 season with 185 points (83 goals, 102 assists) in 346 regular-season games and 15 points (six goals, nine assists) in 42 playoff games.

He coached the Leafs in 1956/57.

Howie Meeker

Then, in 1970, he brought his expertise and knowledge of the game to Hockey Night in Canada as a between periods analyst. He was one of the first to use a telestrator to explain the game to viewers.

He used terms such as ‘dunderhead’ to describe players who had misplayed the puck. ‘Goldarn’ was a common adjective. His narrative over an exceptional play often included ‘Golly gee whillickers!’

Meeker would write two instructional books – Howie Meeker’s Hockey Basics and More Hockey Basics from Howie Meeker – which influenced a generation of players. He also hosted a weekly 15-minute television program for children and coaches called Howie Meeker Hockey School.

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