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Ken Houston Passes

Published: March 11, 2018 5:05 pm ET

Last Comment: March 11, 2018 9:48 pm ET | 1 Comment(s) | Jump to Comments

Former NHLer and horse owner Ken Houston passed away peacefully at his home after a battle with cancer. He was 64.

Drafted by the Atlanta Flames in 1973, Houston played nine seasons in the NHL and picked up 161 goals - including six 20-goal seasons - and 167 assists for 328 points in 570 games.

The Dresden native once held the NHL record for most power play goals in a five-game playoff series when he played with the Calgary Flames in the 1980-81 season.

Houston’s Dresden roots allowed him to get involved in harness racing at a young age and he stayed with the sport as an owner when he played in Calgary and as well when he retired in Ontario.

In 2001, he was a partner in multiple OSS Grassroots winner Spare Time Warrior and as an owner of Hosit The Colors in 2001 who raced in the top claiming classes at Woodbine and Mohawk.

The local sports hero was a regular at Dresden Raceway where he always took time to share stores and make time for people. Houston’s warm, inviting smile and bear-like handshake made him unforgettable and an immediate fan favourite.

Funeral arrangements are being finalized at McKinley Funeral Home in Chatham.

Please join Standardbred Canada in offering condolences to the family and friends of Ken Houston.

March 11, 2018 - 9:48 pmMay Ken R.I.P.

May Ken R.I.P.

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