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Born November 4, 1923 (1923-11-04) (age 86),
Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
Height
Weight
5 ft 09 in (1.75 m)
165 lb (75 kg; 11 st 11 lb)
Position Right Winger
Shot Right
Pro clubs Toronto Maple Leafs
Pittsburgh Hornets
Career 1946 – 1955
Hall of Fame, 1998

Howard William Meeker (born November 4, 1923) is a former right winger in the National Hockey League, youth coach and educator in ice hockey and television sports announcer as well as a former Conservative Member of Parliament. He was born in Kitchener, Ontario.

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Biography

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Playing, coaching and general managing career

Meeker missed the 1943 and 1944 seasons while serving in the Canadian military during the Second World War, but returned to join the Toronto Maple Leafs where he won the Calder Memorial Trophy as outstanding rookie player for the 1946–47 season. During that remarkable first season he tied the league record of five goals in a game as a rookie against the Chicago Black Hawks on January 8 1947. He played in three NHL All-Star games during his career of 346 games, and won 4 Stanley Cups in 1947, 1948, 1949 and 1951 all with Toronto. He also coached the Maple Leafs, replacing King Clancy on April 11 1956, leading the Leafs to a 21–34–15 record. He was promoted to general manager in 1957, but was fired before the start of the 1957–58 season.

Political career

Meeker spent two years as a Progressive Conservative MP while playing for the Leafs. In June 1951, Meeker won the federal by-election in the Ontario riding of Waterloo South. He did not seek re-election in the 1953 election.

Hockey camps

He later ran hockey schools as summer camps in Canada and the United States. His weekly telecasts based on these camps, Howie Meeker's Hockey School, ran from 1973 to 1977 on CBC Television. The series was produced in St. John's, Newfoundland. It featured young boys learning the basic skills about the game: skating, puck control and passing. Meeker's encouragement and delivery were all based on his premise that the game was suffering from poor instruction at the junior levels. He felt the game was not being taught properly so his message was directed at coaches across Canada. He also made vocal and detailed complaints about poor quality hockey equipment for child players, especially concerning protective gear. The television series had 107 fifteen-minute episodes. It was produced and directed by Ron Harrison and/or John Spaulding and aired weekly during the hockey season.

Broadcasting career

In the 1970s and 1980s, Meeker became known to a new generation of hockey fans as the squeaky-voiced analyst on Hockey Night in Canada. He began analyzing plays in greater depth than previous colour commentators, using the telestrator to demonstrate his points. He also worked on Vancouver Canucks telecasts on BCTV. When TSN gained NHL cable rights in 1987, Howie joined their broadcast team, where he stayed until retiring in 1998.

Howie won the Foster Hewitt Award in 1998 for "Excellence in Hockey Broadcasting" and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Personal life

He currently lives in Parksville, British Columbia.

Coaching record

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
G W L T OTL Pts Finish Result
TOR 1956–57 70 21 34 15 - 57 5th in NHL Did Not Qualify
Preceded by
Edgar Laprade
Winner of the Calder Trophy
1947
Succeeded by
Jim McFadden
Preceded by
King Clancy
Head Coaches of the Toronto Maple Leafs
1956–1957
Succeeded by
Billy Reay
Preceded by
Karl Homuth
Member of Parliament from Waterloo South
1951–1953
Succeeded by
Arthur White

See also

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