Jimmy Howard's career is a testament to the phrase "good things come to those who wait." For Howard, this took the form of not becoming an NHL regular until his mid 20s, after being stranded in the deep Detroit Red Wings' farm system for years. But since emerging from the American Hockey League, Howard has slowly emerged as a high-quality NHL goalie. As the Red Wings' top goalie, he's guided Detroit to four straight playoff berths, giving his team the longest active streak in North American professional sports of making the playoffs (22 straight years).
- Was named an NHL All-Star during the 2011-12 season.
- In 2009-10, was a runner up for the NHL's Calder Trophy, which is awarded annually to the NHL's rookie of the year.
- Playing for the University of Maine in 2003-04, he set an NCAA record for the lowest goals-against average (1.19) and highest save percentage (.954) in a season.
Things to know:
1. His full name is James Russell Howard III, and his son with his wife Rachel is named James Russell Howard IV.
2. Shares a birthday with Steven Tyler, as well as actor Martin Short and Basketball Hall of Famer John Stockton.
3. Grew up in Ogdensburg, NY, a suburb of Syracuse that is also the home of actor Mark Valley, who is most known for his role as 'Brad Chase' on the TV show "Boston Legal".