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Red Wings sign Jimmy Howard to one-year extension

Veteran goaltender reached 500 NHL games and represented Detroit at NHL All Star Game in 2018-19

by Kyle Kujawa /

DETROIT - The Detroit Red Wings today signed goaltender Jimmy Howard to a one-year contract extension.

Howard, 34, is one of the most accomplished goaltenders in Red Wings history, ranking among franchise leaders with 509 games played (3rd among goalies), 240 wins (3rd) and 24 shutouts (4th), alongside a career 240-171-68 record, 2.54 goals-against average and 0.914 save percentage. In 2018-19, Howard became the 71st goaltender in NHL history to reach 500 games during Detroit's 3-2 win over the Ottawa Senators on Feb. 14. He was also named to the NHL All-Star Game for the third time in his career in 2019 after previously participating in 2012 and missing the 2015 event due to injury. The Syracuse, New York, native has appeared in 48 games for Detroit in 2018-19, posting a19-20-5 record, 3.05 goals-against average and 0.908 save percentage. He has also played in 48 career Stanley Cup playoff games, sporting a 21-26 record, 2.58 goals-against average, 0.918 save percentage and three shutouts. 

Currently in his 13th season with the Red Wings, Howard was originally a second-round draft pick (64th overall) of Detroit in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, made his NHL debut in 2005-06 and played his first full season in 2009-10 to earn a spot on the 2010 NHL All-Rookie Team. Howard spent parts of four seasons with the American Hockey League's Grand Rapids Griffins, totaling a 93-74-11 record, 2.66 goals-against average, 0.911 save percentage and 15 shutouts in 190 games from 2005-09 (and a four-game conditioning stint in 2016-17). He was on the 2006 AHL All-Rookie Team and was a two-time AHL All-Star (2006, 2008). Prior to turning professional, Howard spent three seasons at the University of Maine, posting a 47-23-10 record, 1.84 goals-against average, 0.931 save percentage and 15 shutouts. His collegiate accolades include the 2003 Hockey East Rookie of the Year, 2004 Hockey East First All-Star Team, 2004 Hockey East Tournament MVP and 2004 Hockey East Goaltender of the Year. Internationally, Howard was a 2014 Olympian for the United States and has appeared at the 2002 IIHF Under-18 World Championship (gold), 2003 IIHF World Junior Championship and 2012 and 2017 IIHF World Championships. 


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