Beginnings don't necessarily foretell endings. Often a story, or a life, starts one way and then takes off, missile-like, in an entirely different direction, winding up in a place nobody would have predicted.
So it was with Howie Morenz, Hockey Hall of Fame center for the Montreal Canadiens, a man whose life was as brilliant as it was brief. Many hockey historians consider Morenz the most dynamic player in the NHL between the two World Wars, a status built on his trademark, high-speed rushes up ice that saw him blow by opponents as if they were traffic cones, seemingly inventing moves as he went.
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