"Howie" Morenz 1902-1937

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.


In Howie Morenz Memorial Gardens, Blanchard and Huron streets, Mitchell

Region: Southwestern Ontario

County/District: County of Perth

Municipality: Township of West Perth