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"Howie" Morenz 1902-1937

Howie Morenz 1902-1937

Photo by contributor David Brown - Posted October, 2004

Howie Morenz 1902-1937

Photo from Google Street View ©2011 Google - Posted January, 2011

Howie Morenz 1902-1937

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Plaque Location

The County of Perth
The Municipality of West Perth
In Mitchell, in a park on the south side of Highway 8 at the west end of the North Thames River bridge


Coordinates: N 43 28.125 W 81 11.988

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Plaque Text

An outstanding hockey player, Howard William Morenz was born in Mitchell. He began his career with the Mitchell Juveniles, 1917-18, and after his family moved to Stratford, he played with several teams there. His skilful play, characterized by exceptionally fast skating and intense concentration, brought the "Stratford Streak" offers from several professional teams and in 1923 he joined the Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League. His success was immediate and he remained in the League for 14 years, 12 with Montreal. So great were his popularity and appeal that he made a major contribution to the League's success during its early years. He died following a severe injury suffered in play. In 1950 Morenz was voted the outstanding hockey player of the half century by Canadian Press.

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