Brett Howden (born March 29, 1998) is a Canadian ice hockey centre for the Vegas Golden Knights of the National Hockey League (NHL). Howden was drafted 27th overall in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft by the Tampa Bay Lightning. Howden is a Stanley Cup champion, having won with the Vegas Golden Knights in 2023.

Brett Howden
Adam Fox, Ryan Strome, and Brett Howden.jpg
Howden with the New York Rangers in 2019
Born (1998-03-29) March 29, 1998 (age 26)
Oakbank, Manitoba, Canada
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 193 lb (88 kg; 13 st 11 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Vegas Golden Knights
New York Rangers
NHL Draft 27th overall, 2016
Tampa Bay Lightning
Playing career 2017–present

Playing career edit

Junior edit

On June 25, 2016, the Tampa Bay Lightning selected Howden in the first round of the 2016 NHL Entry draft with the 27th overall pick. In the season leading up to the NHL draft, Howden recorded 24 goals and 40 assists over 68 games with the Moose Jaw Warriors. Howden finished fourth on the team in goals and points. Howden also added four goals and eleven assists in fifteen postseason games, which included four-straight multi-point games in the first round against the Prince Albert Raiders. In addition, Howden was named the Warriors' Rookie of the Year and Most Sportsmanlike Player during his rookie year in the Western Hockey League (WHL) in 2014–15. Howden has played two seasons with Lightning forward Brayden Point. Howden said that the team's familiarity with Point and their scouting of Moose Jaw played a role in their decision to select him. The team had spoken some to Point about Howden leading up to the 2016 Draft.[1]

On September 30, 2016, the Warriors named Howden the 31st captain in team history.[2] Howden had previously served as an assistant captain the previous season as a 17-year-old, and had also served as captain of Team Canada, leading the team to a gold medal during the 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup.[2] Howden credited former Warriors captain, Brayden Point, with his growth as a leader on the team.[2]

On December 28, 2016, Howden signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning.[3]

Professional edit

 
Howden with the Syracuse Crunch during the 2017 Calder Cup playoffs

After the Moose Jaw Warriors were eliminated from the 2017 WHL playoffs, Howden joined the Syracuse Crunch on an amateur try out agreement.[4] On April 7, 2017, the Crunch's head coach, Benoit Groulx, announced that Howden will be making his professional hockey debut against the Binghamton Senators.[5] On April 8, 2017, Howden scored his first career professional goal against the Albany Devils. The goal came in a 3–2 Crunch win at the Oncenter War Memorial Arena.[6] On April 12, 2017, Howden recorded his first career professional assist against the Utica Comets. The assist came in a 7–2 Crunch win at the Utica Memorial Auditorium.[7]

On February 26, 2018, Howden was traded to the New York Rangers, along with Vladislav Namestnikov, Libor Hajek, and a 2018 and 2019 draft picks, for Ryan McDonagh and J. T. Miller.[8]

 
Howden (left) battling for position against Tye Kartye of the Seattle Kraken during the 2024 Winter Classic.

On July 17, 2021, Howden was traded to the Vegas Golden Knights in exchange for Nick DeSimone and a fourth-round pick in the 2022 NHL Entry Draft.[9] During the 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs, he would contribute five goals and four assists as the Golden Knights would win their first Stanley Cup championship in team history.

International play edit

Medal record
Representing   Canada
Ice hockey
World Junior Championships
  2018 USA
World U18 Championships
  2015 Switzerland
Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament
  2015 Břeclav/Bratislava

On October 20, 2016, the Western Hockey League announced its Team WHL roster for the 2016 CIBC Canada Russia Series, which named Howden as one of its 12 forwards. Team WHL will face team Russia in game one in Prince George, British Columbia on Monday, November 7, before continuing on to Edmonton for game 2 on Tuesday, November 8. The Ontario Hockey League will compete in games 4 and 5, and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League will finish the event in games 5 and 6.[10]

On November 29, 2016, Howden was announced as one of the Team Canada invitees for the World Junior Championships U-20 training camp. Howden was joined by five other Lightning prospects.[11] On December 13, 2016, Howden was released from the Canadian World Junior camp as part of the initial roster cuts.[12]

On December 6, 2017, Howden was named as a player for the Team Canada World Junior Championship selection camp roster.[13]

Personal life edit

Howden's brother Quinton was selected in the first round of the 2010 draft by the Florida Panthers.[14]

Career statistics edit

Regular season and playoffs edit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2013–14 Moose Jaw Warriors WHL 5 1 0 1 2
2014–15 Moose Jaw Warriors WHL 68 22 24 46 24
2015–16 Moose Jaw Warriors WHL 68 24 40 64 61 10 4 11 15 4
2016–17 Moose Jaw Warriors WHL 58 38 43 81 73 7 2 1 3 12
2016–17 Syracuse Crunch AHL 5 3 1 4 2 3 0 2 2 0
2017–18 Moose Jaw Warriors WHL 49 24 51 75 42 14 7 8 15 8
2018–19 New York Rangers NHL 66 6 17 23 14
2019–20 New York Rangers NHL 70 9 10 19 28 3 0 0 0 4
2020–21 New York Rangers NHL 42 1 6 7 11
2021–22 Vegas Golden Knights NHL 47 9 11 20 12
2022–23 Vegas Golden Knights NHL 54 6 7 13 55 21 5 4 9 31
NHL totals 279 31 51 82 120 24 5 4 9 35

International edit

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2014 Canada White U17 5th 5 2 1 3 4
2015 Canada U18   3 2 1 3 0
2015 Canada IH18   4 0 1 1 4
2016 Canada U18 4th 6 5 3 8 8
2018 Canada WJC   7 3 4 7 4
Junior totals 25 12 10 22 20

Awards and honours edit

Award Year
NHL
Stanley Cup champion 2023 [15]

References edit

  1. ^ Burns, Bryan (June 25, 2016). "Lightning select Brett Howden with No. 27 pick at NHL Draft". Tampa Bay Lightning.com. Retrieved October 24, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c "Howden Named Captain". mjwarriors.ca. September 30, 2016. Retrieved April 17, 2018.
  3. ^ Tampa Bay, Lightning (December 28, 2016). "Bolts sign Brett Howden to 3-year entry-level deal". Tampa Bay Lightning.com. Retrieved December 28, 2016.
  4. ^ @CTVDarrell (April 5, 2017). "Howden to join Syracuse Crunch for remainder of the season" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  5. ^ Kramer, Lindsay (April 7, 2017). "Top Tampa Bay prospect to make pro debut for Syracuse Crunch tonight". Syracuse.com. Retrieved April 7, 2017.
  6. ^ Kramer, Lindsay (April 8, 2017). "Rookie's clutch goal moves Syracuse Crunch to brink of AHL playoff spot". Syracuse.com. Retrieved April 8, 2017.
  7. ^ "Crunch topple Comets, 7-2". syracusecrunch.com. Syracuse Crunch. April 12, 2017. Retrieved April 12, 2017.
  8. ^ "Rangers Acquire Namestnikov, Hajek, Howden, 2018 1st Rd. Pick & 2019 Pick". NHL.com. February 26, 2018. Retrieved February 27, 2018.
  9. ^ "Rangers acquire Goodrow, DeSimone in separate trades". TSN. July 17, 2021.
  10. ^ Western Hockey, League (October 20, 2016). "Team WHL Roster Announced for 2016 CIBC Canada Russia Series". Western Hockey League. Retrieved October 24, 2016.
  11. ^ Canadian, Press (November 29, 2016). "Team Canada unveils world junior selection camp roster". Sportsnet.ca. Retrieved November 30, 2016.
  12. ^ @Erik_Erlendsson (December 13, 2016). "Howden Cut from Canada World Junior 2016 camp" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  13. ^ "Wide open competition for spots as Canada names WJC camp roster". TSN.com. The Sports Network. December 6, 2017. Retrieved December 8, 2017.
  14. ^ "Quinton Howden (Oakbank) Drafted 25th Overall by the Florida Panthers". hockeymanitoba.ca. Hockey Manitoba. June 25, 2010. Archived from the original on April 13, 2017. Retrieved April 12, 2017.
  15. ^ Brewer, Contessa (June 14, 2023). "Golden Knights' Stanley Cup win cements Las Vegas as a big-time sports city". CNBC. Retrieved June 18, 2023.

External links edit

Awards and achievements
Preceded by Tampa Bay Lightning first round draft pick
2016
Succeeded by