SR. VICE PRESIDENT, PLAYER PERSONNEL
In his role, Howson will work closely with Director of Player Personnel Bob Green and will help oversee scouting and development of the club’s minor league affiliates and prospects. Howson will also assist President of Hockey Operations and General Manager, Peter Chiarelli and Senior Vice-President of Hockey Operations, Craig MacTavish in managing the Oilers player personnel throughout the organization.
The Toronto, Ontario native was the Oilers Assistant to the General Manager in 2000 and served as the club’s Assistant General Manager from 2001-2007, working beside General Manager Kevin Lowe in overseeing the Oilers’ hockey operations.
In 2008, Howson was hired as the General Manager of the the Columbus Blue Jackets, in his time with Columbus he compiled a 173-190-59 record and advanced to the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time in franchise history in 2008-09, losing in the Conference Quarterfinals to the Detroit Red Wings.
Prior to his arrival in Edmonton, Howson spent six years with the Oilers’ American Hockey League affiliates. As General Manager of the Cape Breton Oilers from 1994-96, he oversaw the franchise’s move to Hamilton in 1996 and was the Bulldogs’ General Manager from 1996-2001.
Howson had a stellar junior hockey career, playing three seasons with the Kingston Canadians (OHA/OHL), compiling 302 points (122G, 180A) in 197 career games, including a 140 point season (57G, 83A) in 1980-81.
His professional career began in 1981-82, when he was awarded the Garry F. Longman Memorial Trophy as the IHL’s Most Outstanding Rookie, after recording 120 points (55G, 65A) in 71 games with the Toledo Goaldiggers.
He signed with the New York Islanders as an undrafted free agent in 1981 and split time between the AHL’s Springfield Indians and the Islanders. In 110 games with the Indians, he registered 94 points (35G, 59A). He also appeared in 18 games with the Islanders, where he scored five goals and added three assists.