Sydney Harris "Syd" Howe - Born September 18, 1911 in Ottawa, Ontario – Died May 20, 1976 in Ottawa, Ontario was a Canadian ice Hockey left winger.
Howe began skating on Patterson's Creek and the Rideau Canal in his native Ottawa, on double runners, at the age of three. By age five he had graduated to single blade skates.
Howe played Hockey with the Glebe Collegiate high school team and the Lansdowne Park Juveniles in 1926 before joining the Ottawa Gunners junior team in the newly formed Ottawa City Hockey League. He and his Gunners teammates became the first Ottawa club to reach the Memorial Cup finals when they took on the Regina Monarchs in 1928, losing the best-of-three final by two games to one. Howe was a top scorer during the playdowns, registering nine goals and 13 points in eight games.
Howe joined the NHL with his hometown Ottawa Senators for the last 12 games of the 1929–30 NHL season and 2 playoff games, making his NHL debut on January 14, 1930 vs Boston Bruins at Boston Madison Square Garden (Boston Garden) in a 5-1 Boston win.
Howe scored his 1st NHL goal vs Roy Worters of the New York Americans at :37 of the second period at Ottawa Auditorium in a 8-7 Ottawa win.
Howe was loaned to the Philadelphia Quakers for the 1930–31 season, the Quakers' only year of existence. When Ottawa suspended operations for the 1931–32 season, Howe was picked up by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the dispersal draft, but he appeared in just three NHL games, spending most of his time on the farm with the Syracuse Stars of the International Hockey League.
Howe was back with the Senators the following year and moved with the club to St. Louis, as a member of the St. Louis Eagles, in the 1934–35 NHL season, and was runner-up to Charlie Conacher for the scoring title with 47 points in 50 games despite playing much of the season with the last-place Eagles The Eagles sold Howe in February 1935 to the Detroit Red Wings. The move to Detroit finally gave Howe's career some much needed stability, as he would remain with the Red Wings for 12 seasons.
Howe was on the ice in the Montreal Forum at 2:25 a.m. on March 25, 1936, when Mud Bruneteau scored in the sixth overtime period to give Detroit the win in game one of the best-of-five semi-final against the Montreal Maroons, the longest game in NHL history. Detroit went on to win the series and the Stanley Cup championship that spring. Detroit would repeat as champions in 1937, this time defeating the Montreal Canadiens and New York Rangers, both in the full five games.
Howe played in the 1939 benefit All-Star game for Babe Siebert.
On March 19, 1940, Howe scored 25 seconds into overtime to give the Wings a 2–1 victory over the New York Americans in game one of the quarter-finals. It was Howe's most cherished moment of his career and would stand as the fastest overtime goal scored in NHL history for the next 29 years.
In the 1940-41 season, Howe would raise his career best goal total to 20, as well as adding another 24 assists for 44 points, only his second season over 40. He would equal his 20 goal mark two seasons later, while adding 35 assists for a new career best of 55 points as the Red Wings once again captured the Stanley Cup championship following a sweep in the finals over the Boston Bruins, the third Stanley Cup of Howe's career.
In 1943–44, he racked up 32 goals and 60 points in just 46 games, however, league-wide scoring was inflated due to World War II. Howe's greatest game came on February 3, 1944. In that game, line mates Don "Count" Gosso and Mud Bruneteau set up Howe for 6 goals in one game! "I had a good chance to break the all time record (Joe Malone's 7 in 1920) but I couldn't do it." Howe was named to the NHL Second Team All-Star squad as a left winger in 1945.
Upon playing his last NHL game in 1946, Howe was the last active player who played for the Philadelphia Quakers and the original era of the Ottawa Senators.
His final season saw Howe play 26 games for the Red Wings, scoring 4 goals and 11 points to put his final career totals at 237 goals and 291 assists for 528 points, making him the NHL career scoring leader at the time despite never having won the scoring title.
Howe also played 14 games for the Indianapolis Capitals of the AHL that season and finished out his playing days with a season in the Quebec Senior Hockey League, playing for a club named the Ottawa Senators, brining his career full circle, as he broke into the NHL in Ottawa with a club also named the Senators.
Howe scored 237 goals and 291 assists for 528 points in 695 NHL games. In the playoffs, he totaled 17 goals and 27 assists for 44 points in 70 games.
Syd Howe was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1965.