Today, long time Red Wings goaltender, Jimmy Howard, announced his retirement from professional hockey. He spent all 15 years of his professional career with the Detroit Red Wings and their farm team, the Grand Rapids Griffins.
Drafted 64th overall in 2003 by Detroit, Jimmy Howard was their starting goalie for nearly a decade. When the Red Wings signed Thomas Greiss to the team this off-season, they let Howard walk in free agency; but he did not sign with another team.
Since his NHL debut in 2005, the American Goaltender appeared in 523 games and finished with a 246-196-70 record. He is a two time NHL All Star, was a runner up for the calder trophy (rookie of the year), and appeared in the playoffs for seven consecutive seasons.
Howard was a warrior for the Red Wings during all the ups and downs of his own career and the Red wings season by season. He battled through adversity whether it was injuries or lackluster defense at times and fluctuating depth charts and managed to have a very long NHL career; all while staying loyal to the city of Detroit.
Howard was a class act and there are not very many professional athletes like him. All the best in your new chapter, Jimmy.