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Born March 26, 1984 (1984-03-26) (age 25),
Ogdensburg, New York, NY, U.S.
Height
Weight
6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)
Position Goaltender
Catches Left
NHL team Detroit Red Wings
NHL Draft 64th overall, 2003
Detroit Red Wings
Playing career 2005 – present

James "Jimmy" Howard (born March 26, 1984, in Ogdensburg, New York) is an American professional ice hockey goaltender with the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League. Howard also has a home in Dedham, Maine.

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Playing career

Howard participated in the U.S. National Team Development Program and started his playing career with the U.S. National Under-17 and U.S. National Under-18 teams during the 2001–02 season, playing 9 games with the Under-17 team and 26 games with the Under-18 team for a total record of 22-11-1 with four shutouts.[1] In April 2002, Howard played for the United States in the 2002 IIHF World U18 Championships in Slovakia. Playing in six tournament games, he led his team to a Gold Medal and was subsequently named USA goaltender of the year.[1] Howard then attended the University of Maine and played for their men's ice hockey team, the Maine Black Bears, for three seasons. While Howard was playing for the Black Bears, he was drafted in the 2nd round of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft by the Detroit Red Wings.[2] During his three seasons with the Black Bears, Howard set team and league records.[2]

Beginning with the 2005–06 season, Howard began his career in the AHL with the Grand Rapids Griffins where he was occasionally called up to play for the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League. Howard's inaugural season in the AHL became what is still one of his best in professional ice hockey. During this season he set many personal records as well as franchise records, including being the first Griffin named to the AHL's All-Rookie Team and helping establish the Griffins franchise win streak record of 12.[1]

He was in net for the Red Wings four times in the 2005–06 season posting a 1-2-0 record, a GAA of 2.99 and a save percentage of .904. In the 2007–08 season during the month of February, Howard was in net for the Red Wings an additional four times, and called up once during the 2008–09 season, bringing his total NHL games played to 9.

Howard only played four games in the 2007–08 regular season and therefore did not qualify to have his name engraved on the cup. However, he was included in the 2008 Detroit Red Wings Stanley Cup picture, given the Cup for a day[3], and awarded a Stanley Cup ring by the Red Wings' management. With the retirement of Red Wings goaltender Dominik Hasek in June 2008, Howard was expected to compete with Ty Conklin for the position beside Chris Osgood for the 2008–09 NHL season, despite Conklin's noticeable advantages in terms of experience and contract. Although Howard did not earn a permanent spot on the Red Wing's roster for the 2008–09 season, he was expected to make the roster in the near future. This became official during 2009 offseason when Detroit did not offer Conklin a new contract[4], instead electing to promote Howard to Osgood's full time backup. He recorded his first win of the 2009-10 NHL Season on October 27 in relief of Chris Osgood against the Vancouver Canucks, making 20 saves. On December 17, 2009, Howard recorded his first career shutout in a 3-0 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Jimmy Howard has taken over the starting position due to his consistent play and Chris Osgood's average play to start the 2009–10 season.

Achievements

Medal record
Competitor for  United States
Men's ice hockey
World U18 Championships
Gold 2002 Slovakia Ice hockey
  • Holds University of Maine school record for shutouts, goals against average
    and save percentage. (holds all three records for both single season and career.)
  • Holds NCAA records for GAA(1.19) and save percentage(.954) - 2003–04.[2]
  • Only NHL goalie to face a penalty shot in each of his first two games.[5]
  • Named to the 2005–06 AHL All-Rookie team.[6]

Career statistics

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Regular season

   
Season Team League GP W L T/OL MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2001–02 U.S. National U-17 NAHL 9 6 3 0 1 3.67
2001–02 U.S. National U-18 NAHL 26 16 8 1 3 1.89
2002–03 Maine Black Bears H-East 21 14 6 0 1151 47 3 2.45 .916
2003–04 Maine Black Bears H-East 22 14 4 3 1364 27 6 1.19 .956
2004–05 Maine Black Bears H-East 39 19 13 7 2310 74 6 1.92 .924
2005–06 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 38 27 6 2 2141 92 2 2.58 .910
2005–06 Detroit Red Wings NHL 4 1 2 0 200 10 0 2.98 .904
2006–07 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 49 21 21 3 2776 125 6 2.70 .911
2007–08 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 54 21 28 2 3097 146 2 2.83 .907
2007–08 Detroit Red Wings NHL 4 0 2 0 197 7 0 2.13 .926
2008–09 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 45 21 18 4 2644 112 4 2.54 .916
2008–09 Detroit Red Wings NHL 1 0 1 0 59 4 0 4.10 .857
2009–10 Detroit Red Wings NHL 49 25 15 8 2879 113 1 2.35 .924
NHL totals 58 26 20 8 3335 134 1 2.41 .921

Post season

   
Season Team League GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2005–06 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 14 6 7 763 44 0 3.46 .885
2006–07 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 7 3 4 434 14 0 1.93

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