He won the Most Valuable Player award in 1949-50 in the United States Hockey League. This helped get him into the Chicago Black Hawks in 1950-51. He played 31 games for the Hawks, scoring 7 goals and 15 assists. This was the extent of his NHL career.
In 1951 the Hawks traded Powell to the Providence Reds. He was the most valuable player and leading scorer in 1951-52.