Toronto Maple Leafs great Howie Meeker, the 1946-47 Calder Trophy recipient and four-time Stanley Cup winner, died Sunday in British Columbia, four days after his 97th birthday.
Meeker was a three-time All-Star forward who registered 185 points (83 goals, 102 assists) in 346 NHL games with the Maple Leafs from the mid-1940s through the mid-1950s. He helped Toronto win the Stanley Cup in 1947, 1948, 1949 and 1951.
On Jan. 8, 1947, he scored five goals in a game against the Chicago Blackhawks.
After coaching the Maple Leafs for the 1956-57 season and briefly serving as Toronto's general manager, Meeker enjoyed a three-decade career in broadcasting with CBC and TSN.
He received the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award and was inducted to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1998 for his work in broadcasting. Remembered fondly for his turn as an analyst on "Hockey Night in Canada," Meeker's signature phrases included "stop it right there" and "keep your stick on the ice."
Away from the ice, Meeker served in Canada's Parliament from 1951-53, ran hockey camps across Canada and the United States for many years, and supported the Special Olympics for nearly a half-century.
In 2010, he was named a Member of the Order of Canada and was inducted into the Ontario Sports Hall of Fame.
--Field Level Media