Harry Howell | 1952-1969 - No. 3 Retired on February 22, 2009
The benchmark for consistency and longevity, Harry Howell's NHL career spanned 21 seasons, including an amazing 17 consecutive seasons in a Rangers uniform.
Howell skated in 1,411 career games, registering 94 goals and 324 assists for 418 points. His franchise record of 1,160 regular season games as a Ranger might never be broken.
Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1979, Howell joined the team as a 19-year-old on October 18, 1952, recording a goal in his first NHL game.
Over the next 17 years, he became a fixtureon defense for the Blueshirts, missing only 40 out of 1,200 regular season games.
Having played in six NHL All-Star games, his finest season came in 1966-67 when he registered 12 goals and 28 assists for 40 points to capture the Norris Trophy as the League's top defenseman and was selected to the NHL First All-Star Team.
Howell was the last player to win the Norris Trophy before Bobby Orr won the award over the next eight seasons.
The former team captain was also honored as Rangers' MVP in 1964, and is one of only four Rangers - along with Andy Bathgate, Rod Gilbert and Mark Messier - to have won the Frank Boucher Trophy three straight seasons.