Alumni Profile: Scott Howson
Scott Howson was an all-star junior player, but that didn’t lead to him having a lengthy playing career on the ice. He did, however, end up having many significant front office roles at the NHL level.
Howson joined the Kingston Canadians for the 1978-79 season. He was considered a smaller player at just 5’ 11” and 160 lbs., but that didn’t stop him from scoring early and often. In his first year with the team he tallied 27 goals and 47 assists for 74 points. His second year he recorded increased totals across the board. During the ’79-80 season he scored 38 goals and 50 assists for 88 points. In his third and final year with Kingston, Howson had his best season, and one of the best in franchise history.
Scoring 57 goals and 83 assists for 140 points placed Scott second on the team in scoring for the ’80-81 season behind Bernie Nicholls, who had 152 points which is still the franchise record for points in a season. It placed him 6th in league scoring finishing 26 points behind league leader and former Kingston Frontenacs Assistant Coach John Goodwin. The Canadians unfortunately fell to the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in the league semifinal, which ended the junior career of Howson.
The following season Scott joined the Toledo Goaldiggers of the IHL. He exploded for 55 goals and 65 assists in his rookie year, and for his efforts he was named IHL rookie of the year. His next two seasons were spent with the Indianapolis Checkers of the CHL where he put up a point total of 142 points in 138 games.
Those seasons in the minor leagues earned Scott a shot at the AHL level with the Springfield Indians, the farm club for the New York Islanders at the time. He initially saw success scoring 60 points in 57 games during his first year in the AHL. He was also called up to the big club where he played 8 games for the Islanders scoring 4 goals and an assist. The ’85-86 season was Scott’s last season as a professional player. He played in 53 games with Springfield scoring 34 points, as well as 10 more games with the Islanders where he finished with 3 points.
Years after his playing career Howson started working front office jobs with the Edmonton Oilers organization. He was initially named GM of the Cape Breton Oilers of the AHL from ’94-96. He oversaw the franchises move from Cape Breton to Hamilton in 1996 and remained the GM there until 2001.
In 2001 he was promoted to Assistant GM of the Edmonton Oilers working alongside Kevin Love. He held that role until he was given the opportunity to be the GM in Columbus. While in Columbus, Howson led the Blue Jackets to their first ever playoff appearance in 2008-09.
When the Blue Jackets released Scott in 2013, he returned to the Oilers as VP of Hockey Operations. With the hiring of Peter Chiarelli, Howson was moved to the role of VP of Player Development, a role that he still holds today.