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Howie Meeker leaves behind a huge legacy.

December 14, 1973: Howie Meeker skating with his wife Grace at Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto.
Photo by Boris Spremo/Toronto Star via Getty Images

Howie Meeker died on Saturday at the age of 97. The Stanley Cup Champion and Hall of Famer was an inspiration to many, not only those who wanted to play hockey, but those who wanted to be on TV and talk about hockey.

Meeker played for the Maple Leafs from 1946 to 1953 but became a national icon after that when he was a member of the Hockey Night in Canada broadcast team using his famous Telestrator to brake down hockey plays for the audience in ways which simply had not been done by anyone until that point in time for hockey.

Meeker was famous across the country for many more reasons. He leaves us taking so much hockey history with him, but he also gave us so much as well.

GOLLY GEE! Howie Meeker made his mark across hockey world for generations of fans - SaltWire
The Order of Canada member and Foster Hewitt Award winner, died Sunday at Nanaimo General Hospital in British Columbia after spending his retirement years on Vancouver Island.

Howie Meeker changed St. John’s hockey and he always said Newfoundland changed him - The Chronicle Herald
‘Whatever Howie Meeker is, it started here,’ once said the Hockey Hall of Famer, who died Sunday at 97.

New Hamburg legend Meeker remembered as jack of all trades with the NHL - Waterloo Chronicle
Howie Meeker's familiar voice was the soundtrack to many hockey fans across Canada, shouting phrases like "Golly Jee Wilikers" and "Keep your stick on the ice," on Saturday nights throughout the 1970s.


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