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Howie Meeker
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Hockey Player
    (November 4, 1923- )
    Born in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
    <10825>Toronto Maple Leafs<10825> right winger (1946–1955) and head coach (1956–1957)
    Calder Memorial Trophy (1946–47 season)
    Member of Parliament for Waterloo South riding (1951–1953, federal by-election)
    Host of Howie Meeker’s Hockey School (CBC, 1973–1977)
    1998 Hockey Hall of Fame inductee
    5 ft 9 in
    He played in Canada’s two national sports — hockey and politics.
    He believes Europeans to be better at the modern version of the sport – including discipline – than Canadians.
    During the Second World War, a grenade exploded around his family jewels.
    His rookie season was the peak of his NHL career.
    His catch-phrases included ‘Golly gee willikers!’ and ‘Stop it right there!’
    He was a key player in three consecutive Stanley Cup wins (1947 to 1949).
    In his rookie year, he scored five goals in one game (January 8, 1947, against the Chicago Black Hawks).
    He beat out Gordie Howe to get the Calder Trophy!
    Aired during the National Hockey League season, Howie Meeker’s Hockey School was an instructional program based on his belief that junior-level hockey was poorly instructed and funded.
    He went on to create a video series called ‘Skills & Drills,’ about the interaction between the players.

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