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Howie Morenz Hand Signed Document - JSA Authentication Letter - PSA/DNA Letter
Lot #203

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Howie Morenz Hand Signed Document - JSA Authentication Letter - PSA/DNA Letter
Lot #203

This NHL golf tournament document was signed by Howie Morenz in 1929. Morenz was often called "The Babe Ruth of Hockey" for his status as hockey's greatest talent and biggest draw. He is referred to as Hockey's first bonafide superstar.

A native of southwestern Ontario, Morenz was dubbed "the Mitchell Meteor" in honor of both
his hometown and his natural speed. He demonstrated advanced playing skills from a very young age, but more often than not he found himself tending goal. Morenz started in net during his first game with the Mitchell Juveniles in 1916-17, but it quickly became apparent that he was more suited to an offensive role. Morenz was clearly the fastest player in the league, a quality that contributed significantly to Mitchell's western Ontario juvenile championship that same year.

When Morenz's amateur career ended in 1923, he was courted by a host of professional teams.
After declining offers from Toronto, Victoria and Saskatoon, the Morenz family agreed to a contract with the Montreal Canadiens. Morenz's first year as a Canadien culminated in a Stanley Cup win. Playing on an exciting line with Aurele Joliat and Billy Boucher, Morenz accounted for three of his team's five goals in the two-game NHL playoff series against the Ottawa Senators. A week later, Montreal embarked on wins over both the Vancouver Maroons, champions of the Pacific Coast Hockey Association, and the Calgary Tigers, who were the Western Canada Hockey League's best.

Morenz also contributed to the Canadiens' consecutive Stanley Cup wins in 1930 and 1931. His blinding speed and puckhandling wizardry were key factors in Montreal's upset win over Boston in the 1930 finals. The Bruins had finished the regular season with an astonishing 38-5-1 record, and they were prohibitive favourites to win the Cup, but the Habs swept the best-of-three series. In 1931 Montreal defeated Chicago in a hard-fought struggle that lasted five games. In the deciding match, a 2-0 Canadiens win, Morenz scored the insurance goal despite playing with a badly injured shoulder.

Morenz was one of the dominant offensive forces in the league in the late 1920s and early 1930s. He scored a league-high 51 points in 1927-28 and was presented with the Hart Trophy. Two years later he registered an incredible 40 goals in 44 games. In 1930-31, he won his second Hart Trophy and scoring title with another 51-point season. Morenz was also selected to the NHL's inaugural First All-Star Team in 1931. The following year he scored 49 points in 48 games and was awarded his third Hart Trophy in five seasons as well as another spot on the First All-Star Team.

By the mid-1930s, the tenacious and often violent attention of the opposition's defenders had taken its toll on Morenz's trademark speed. He was sent to the Chicago Black Hawks in 1934 and spent parts of two seasons there before joining the New York Rangers for the last 19 games of 1935-36. Canadiens head coach Cecil Hart spearheaded Morenz's return to Montreal for the 1936-37 season. Playing with a renewed sense of purpose, the "Canadien Comet" teamed with Johnny Gagnon and Aurel Joliat to help Montreal to a first-place lead in the regular-season standings.
Morenz's rejuvenation was cut short when he suffered a severly broken leg in a home game
against the Black Hawks on January 28, 1937. The leg was broken in four places, a compound fracture requiring traction whereby a weighted pulley with a steel pin was inserted through Morenz's left ankle that kept his leg straight for several weeks to allow the bone to position properly. It was generally agreed that the injury would end his career. A few weeks later, on March 8, 1937, the hockey world was stunned by the news of Morenz's death, brought on by complications related to his injury. Three days later the Canadiens turned the Forum into a shrine in honor of their fallen star. Thousands of fans lined the streets and crowded the arena in a tremendous outpouring of emotion and respect for one of hockey's immortals. Inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame, Morenz was one of the first to be elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame when it was established in 1945. In 1950, Howie Morenz was voted the outstanding hockey player of the half-century by a national press poll.

This document was sent out by the NHL to players who were going to participate in a golf tournament on June 29, 1929. It's main purpose was to ask each participant for their golf handicap. The document were then signed by the player and sent back to the NHL president Frank Calder.  While Morenz was an incredible hockey player, he obviously wasnt' much of a gofer as his stated handicap is 24. The document was received by the NHL on Jun 7, 1929 as is so stamped. This document will also be accompanied by a letter from JSA Authentication and PSA/DNA.