Edmonton Oilers Assistant General Manager Scott Howson has been named General Manager of the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Oilers General Manager, Kevin Lowe says “We are excited for the opportunity Scott has been given, but at the same time we are saddened to see him leave. He has been a valuable member of our organization for the past 13 seasons and has contributed greatly in all aspects of our team. Personally, I have appreciated his friendship and support over the past seven seasons and would like to thank him and his wife, Antoinette, for their contributions to the Oilers and the City of Edmonton. As an organization, the Oilers look to improve not only our players, but are also glad to see that members of our staff can move forward in their careers and contribute to the success of the NHL and the game of hockey.”
“With that being said, we are at an important time of the year and now need to focus on the upcoming NHL Entry Draft in addition to filling the vacancy created by Scott’s departure,” stated Lowe. “I’ve known for awhile, that with his skills and experience, Scott would be someone other teams in the NHL would be looking at as a candidate for general manager.”
“With this change comes an opportunity to reconfigure our Hockey Operations department. In a testament to Scott’s professionalism, he has left his duties in order, which will make the transition easier for the team.”
Howson joined the Oilers in 1994-95 as General Manager of the American Hockey League’s Cape Breton Oilers. After six seasons with Edmonton’s AHL affiliates in Cape Breton and Hamilton, Howson made the move to the Oilers front office, being named Assistant to the General Manager on June 21, 2000. He served as the team’s Assistant General Manager for the past six seasons.