Detroit Red Wings
Detroit Red Wings
Jimmy Howard
POSITION: Goaltender
HEIGHT: 6' 1"
BIRTHDATE: 03/26/1984
AGE: 32
DRAFTED: DET: 2003-64 overall
Entering his sixth professional season….Played his first full season with Detroit in 2009-10…Nominated for the 2010 Calder Trophy as the NHL’s Rookie of the Year…Made his NHL debut in 2005-06, playing in three games with the Red Wings from 11/28-12/4...Re-signed by Detroit to a three-year deal 7/21/08.
Appeared in 63 games for Detroit and started 61…Finished with a 37-15-10 record (37 wins tied for eighth NHL)…Finished fifth in the NHL with a 2.26 goals-against average…His .924 save percentage ranked fourth in the NHL…Nominated for the Calder Trophy as the NHL’s Rookie of the Year…Recorded his first career shutout on 12/17 vs. Tampa Bay…Finished the season with three shutouts…Made a career high 51 saves 1/7 at Los Angeles (2-1 win)…Became just the fourth goaltender in Red Wings history to win 30-or-more games in his rookie season (Sawchuk, Crozier, Hall)…Started 25 consecutive games from 1/29 through 4/4, the longest streak by a Detroit goaltender since Tim Cheveldae (29) in 1991-92 and longest by a rookie Detroit goaltender since Connie Dion (26) in 1943-44…Named the NHL’s Second Star of the Week from 3/22-3/28 posting a 4-0-0 record, 1.22 GAA, .958 SV% and one shutout…Named by Detroit’s coaching staff as the ‘Carhartt Hardest Working Player of the Month’ for the month of March posting a 12-2-1 record, 2.24 GAA, .923 SV% and one shutout…Named the NHL’s Second Star of the month for March…Named the NHL’s Rookie of the Month for the month of March…Started all 12 postseason games for Detroit…Finished with a 5-7 record in the postseason, a 2.75 GAA, .915 SV% and one shutout.

2008-09: Appeared in one game for the Red Wings, stopping 24 shots in a loss at Minnesota 2/21…Recalled on 5/8 and was a Black Ace during the 2009 playoffs…Played in 45 games with the Grand Rapids Griffins, posting a 21-18-4 record with a 2.54 GAA, a .916 SV%, and four shutouts…Appeared in 10 games during the 2009 Calder Cup playoffs, sporting a 4-6-0 record with a 2.41 GAA and .900 SV%...Grand Rapids Griffins’ recipient of the AHL’s Man of the Year award.

2007-08: Played in four games for Detroit in February…Posted a 0-2-0 record with a 2.13 GAA and .926 SV%...Recalled on 4/12 and was a Black Ace during the 2008 NHL playoffs….Played 54 games in Grand Rapids, earning a 21-28-2 record with a 2.83 GAA, .907 SV%, and two shutouts…Named AHL Goaltender of the Month (Dec.)….AHL PlanetUSA All-Star Team…Grand Rapids Griffins’ recipient of the AHL’s Man of the Year award.

2006-07: Appeared in 49 games with the Griffins…Posted a 21-21-3 record with a 2.70 GAA and .911 SV%, matching a franchise record six shutouts…Played in seven playoff games, earning a 3-4 record…Finished fifth among AHL goaltenders in save percentage (.927) and fourth in goals-against average (1.93) in the 2007 Calder Cup playoffs.

2005-06: Played in four games with the Red Wings…Made his NHL debut 11/28 vs. Los Angeles, stopping a penalty shot among a total of 22 to earn his first career victory…Became only NHL netminder to face a penalty shot in each of his first two career games…Posted a 1-2 record with a 2.99 GAA and .904 SV%....Made his AHL debut…Played in 38 games for the Griffins, sporting a 27-6-2 record….Registered a personal 12-game winning streak (2/25-3/31)….Recorded a 2.58 GAA, .910 SV%, and two shutouts…Appeared in 13 games during the AHL playoffs….Posted a 5-7 record with a 3.46 GAA and .885 SV%....Named to AHL All-Rookie Team, becoming the first Griffin player to do so…AHL PlanetUSA All-Star Team…AHL Goaltender of the Month (March).

2004-05: Appeared in 39 games for the University of Maine…Posted a 19-13-7 record with a 1.92 GAA, six shutouts, and .924 save percentage….Named University of Maine MVP…Hockey East all-conference honorable mention.

2003-04: Played in 23 games with the Maine Black Bears…Posted a 14-4-3 record, setting a school record with six shutouts…Set NCAA record for save percentage (.956) and goals-against average (1.19)…Made 63 saves in 2-1 triple-overtime win over Massachusetts in Hockey East championship…Named Hockey East First-Team All-Star…NCAA East Second-Team All-American…Hockey East Championship Tournament MVP.

Jimmy and his wife, Rachel, live in Maine during the off-season…Jimmy’s hockey hero growing up: Mike Richter…Favorite food: chicken…Favorite sport besides hockey: golf...Dream golf foursome: Jack Nickalus, Gary Player, Tiger Woods.