Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Howard McNamara
Defenseman Howard McNamara was one of the biggest players of his era, tipping to scales at 240 pounds. Growing up as a kid he was always bigger than the others, and by the age of 15 he was playing with the Montreal Shamrocks of the ECHA in 1908-09. He also played in two games for the Canadian Soo Pros netting four goals.

McNamara loved to play the body and be physical. It was rare that an opponent would openly challenge him in the corners, usually outweighing them by at least 50 or 60 pounds. In 1909-10 he played for both the Berlin Professionals of the OPHL and the Cobalt Silver Kings in the NHL. From there he spent a season in Waterloo before heading to the east coast in 1912 to suit up for the Halifax Crescents.

In the fall of 1912, McNamara moved to Toronto where he played for the next three years. On December 7, 1919 the NHL's Montreal Canadiens offered him a free-agent contract. He played ten games with the Habs that year, picking up one goal.

McNamara died in 1940 at the age of 47 of heart failure.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1908-09 Montreal Shamrocks ECHA 10 4 0 4 61
1908-09 Canadian Soo Pros Exhib. 2 4 0 4 6
1909-10 Berlin Professionals OPHL 5 4 0 4 20
1909-10 Berlin Professionals OPHL 3 0 0 0 8
1909-10 Cobalt Silver Kings NHA 6 0 0 0 15
1910-11 Waterloo Colts OPHL 15 2 0 2 1 0 0 0
1911-12 Halifax Crescents MPHL 11 4 0 4 26
1912-13 Toronto Tecumsehs Exhib. 20 12 0 12 62
1913-14 Toronto Ontarios NHA 20 7 6 13 36
1914-15 Toronto Shamrocks NHA 18 4 1 5 67
1915-16 Montreal Canadiens NHA 24 10 7 17 119
1915-16 Montreal Canadiens St-Cup 5 0 0 0 24
1916-17 Toronto 228th Battalion NHA 12 11 3 14 36
1917-18
1918-19
1919-20 Montreal Canadiens NHL 10 1 0 1 4
NHL Totals 10 1 0 1 4


Brother of Hal The 1909-10 OPHL season originally started on December 30, 1909. Season was re-started January 25, 1910 after a new schedule was arranged. Signed with Cobalt (NHA) after jumping contract with Berlin (OPHL), February 1, 1910. Signed as a free agent by Montreal, December 7, 1919.
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