Syd Harris Howe was born September 18, 1911 in Ottawa, Canada. He played 17 seasons in the NHL for the Ottawa Senators, Philadelphia Quakers, Toronto Maple Leafs, St. Louis Eagles, and the Detroit Red Wings.
He was a professional hockey player from 1929 to 1946, where he played most of it with the Detroit Red Wings, where most of his success came.
Growing up, he often skated on the Rideau Canal, which spanned for about 4.8 miles when frozen. In high school, he played for the Glebe Collegiate high school team and the Landsdowne Park Juveniles in 1926 before he joined the Ottawa Gunner Juniors in the Junior City Hockey League.
He joined the Ottawa Senators in 1929 and played for the last 12 games of the 1929-30 season. He played for the Philadelphia Quakers as a loan in 1930, the only year of the team’s existence.
The Ottawa Senators stopped for a season in the 1931-32 season, and Howe was picked up by the Toronto Maple Leafs. He only played 3 games with them, because he spent most of the season with the Syracuse Stars of the International Hockey League. He played for the Senators a year later, and moved with the team to St. Louis, where they became the St. Louis Eagles. The Eagles, who weren’t a well funded team, had to sell Howe to the Detroit Red Wings, where his dynasty could begin.
Howe played in the game where Mud Bruneteau scored in the 6 th overtime of game one of the Stanley cup finals to give Detroit the win. On March 19, 1940, Syd scored 25 seconds after overtime started against the New York Americans in the quarter finals. It was the fastest overtime goal ever scored at the time, and stood for 29 years. He set the record for scoring 6 goals in one game, and the record stood for 50 years.
Syd Howe and Flash Hollett were the last active players that had played for the original Senators.
Syd died of throat cancer May 20th, 1976.