Jimmy Howard Retires After 14 Seasons With Red Wings

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DETROIT, January 28, 2021 ~ Jimmy Howard has officially retired after playing with the Red Wings for all 14 seasons of his NHL career. He did not sign anywhere for the most recent offseason. Jimmy was approached with an offer by former Red Wings General Manager and current GM of the Edmonton Oilers, Ken Holland, and declined.

Howard ends with a 246-196-70 record, 2.62 goals-against average, and 24 shutouts over 543 regular-season games. He appeared in the All-Star Game in 2012 and 2019, and was also selected in 2015, though he missed the game due to injury.

Becoming an NHL goalie was a childhood dream and after an incredible 14 years within the Red Wings organization, I’ve decided to say farewell to playing professional hockey and move on to the next chapter,” Howard wrote in an Instagram post. “It has been the honor of a lifetime to play and I’m forever thankful to the fans, everyone within the Red Wings organization, my teammates, and my family for their ongoing support, loyalty, and dedication. As I enter this new chapter in my life, I look forward to spending more time with my family, coaching my son’s hockey team, and new opportunities the future will hold.