June 3: Harry Howell and the nutty King George ==> Birthday edition


Today is my birthday. I woke up to breakfast in bed and that was a great way to start a birthday. I really should just focus this post on the best part of my birthday. My wife! She is a dream come true!

Today’s players who wore #3.

Harry Howell was a defenseman who played in the NHL for the New York Rangers. For the record, I hate the Rangers. This is not the point of this post. Haha! What is interesting to note is that Harry Howell was as solid dman who once won the Norris trophy and then lose it to Bobby Orr for the next 8 years. As good as Bobby was, Harry wasn’t that far behind. Sadly enough Orr was flamboyant on the blue line while Harry tended to things at home in a rather quiet manner. It is also important to note that Orr destroyed the league in terms of point totals. Yes Bobby deserved it. I was trying to find something interesting that I could write about Harry Howell. Being a stay at home defenseman, didn’t lend itself to finding any cool stories that would benefit the post. So I thought I would talk about other players who wore the number 3 from the New York area. Interesting enough Babe Ruth was number 3. Pretty good company to be in, I’d say.

An NHL legend in his own right, Al Arbour wore the #3. He is famous for bringing the cup to long island while coaching the Islanders. Yes at one point in their history they were a famed franchise with the likes of Billy Smith, Bob Nystrom, Mike Bossy, Denis Potvin and countless other unsung heroes of that team. Did you know that Brian Kilrea once coached the Islanders along with Al? I bet most didn’t know that! It didn’t last long and Ottawa reaped the rewards of his exit from Long Island.

Emile “Butch” Bouchard was number 3! There is so much you can write about this guy. However he shares the notable distinction of playing on a team that could have fully rostered any NHL All Star team by themselves. I want to save that post for another day. This was one cool cat and I want to dedicate an entire post to him.

Zdeno Chara wears the number 3. He is basically a basketball player on skates. There are very few who share the air where he breathes and control the game as well as he does. Anyone care to remember the rag tossing of Bryan McCabe?

Other famous people such as Pat Quinn, Fern Flaman have all worn the #3 and have gone on to pretty fantastic achievements.

King George V was born on June 3rd, I thought it was pretty cool to share a birthday with a famous King. Unfortunately after finding out that he married his own cousin, he quickly fell out of favor. Who does that? I wonder how many in his family have an extra digit? Anyways I am going to keep this short because I want to enjoy the baseball game, have a nice cold one, sit back and relax and enjoy my day. Oddly enough I enjoy my unbirthday’s as much as I enjoy my birthday. Live in the present, live in the moment and laugh a lot. It has helped me get to where I am today. Have a great day everyone!

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