• Howse led the Chilliwack Bruins in scoring during the 2008-09 regular season scoring 31 goals (31-13-44) in 61 games. He is the only Bruins player besides Los Angeles Kings’ forward Oscar Moller to score 30 goals in a season for Chilliwack. He won the team’s most valuable player, leading scorer and fan favorite awards this year.
• During his first full season in Chilliwack, Howse played with Oscar Moller (Los Angeles) and Mark Santorelli (Nashville), who were both two of the WHL’s top offensive producers in 2007-08.
• A Prince George, British Columbia native, and former Cariboo Cougars midget player, Howse was drafted third overall by the Bruins in 2006, the first-ever choice by the expansion franchise.
It's a tribute to him, and everything he's done and deserved is coming to fruition tonight with his jersey in the rafters. He's going to be a first-ballot Hall of Famer. And I said today, if he's not, take my stuff out. If he doesn't deserve to be in there first ballot, no one does. Except for (Wayne) Gretzky, I guess.
— Hockey Hall of Fame member Brett Hull on former teammate Mike Modano, whose No. 9 was retired by the Dallas Stars on Saturday