Howie Morenz started his career with the Montreal Canadiens in the 1923-1924 season. As a rookie he scored 13 goals and 3 assists. Pretty good numbers considering the season was only 24 games in length.
Morenz scored the Stanley Cup clinching goal for the Montreal Canadiens that year helping the franchise win it’s second Stanley Cup.
Playing for a total of 12 seasons with the Canadiens Morenz notched 257 goals and 160 assists in 460 games.
He was the scoring champ twice and won the Hart trophy 3 times, in 1928, 1930 and 1931. No one in Habs history has matched that since.
Howie Morenz was the first player to break the 50 point mark in league history. It happend on March 24th, 1928 against the Ottawa Senators. That season, 1927-1928, Morenz scored 33 goals and 18 assists for 51 points. That 51 points came in 43 games.
1929-1930 saw Morenz score 40 goals in 44 games.
On March 17th 1932 Howie Morenz became the league’s all-time points leader.
Howie Morenz was eventually traded to the Chicago Blackhawks where he played for 2 years before returning to the Montreal Canadiens to be reunited with longtime linemate Aurèle Joliat.
But sadly Morenz was badly injured in a game vs Chicago. His leg was broken in 4 places.
A month later Morenz died because of complications resulting from the injury.
Thousands paid their respect to Morenz in the old Forum.
Morenz was among the first 12 men inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1945.
The number 7 that he wore was the first to be retired by the Canadiens in 1937.