Scott Howson

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Scott Howson
Howson in 2015
Born (1960-04-09) April 9, 1960 (age 59)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 160 lb (73 kg; 11 st 6 lb)
Position Centre
Shot Right
Played for New York Islanders
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 1981–1986

Donald Scott Howson (born April 9, 1960) is a Canadian retired ice hockey player and VP of Player Personnel for the Edmonton Oilers. He was formerly the general manager of the Columbus Blue Jackets of the National Hockey League.

Playing career[edit]

As a youth, Howson played in the 1973 Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament with a minor ice hockey team from Thornhill, Ontario.[1]

Howson played 2 seasons with the Kingston Canadians of the Ontario Hockey Association, and one more season with the club after they moved to the Ontario Hockey League. In that season, Howson amassed 57 goals, and 140 points in 66 games. That was second in team scoring to Bernie Nicholls, and sixth in league scoring.
Howson would then go on to play one season (1981–82) with the Toledo Goaldiggers of the IHL. He won the Garry F. Longman Memorial Trophy as IHL rookie of the year after scoring 55 goals and 120 points in only 74 games.
Howson then played 146 games over three seasons with the Indianapolis Checkers of the Central Hockey League. It was after his time with the Checkers that Howson split two seasons between the New York Islanders, and their American Hockey League affiliate, the Springfield Indians. He played 8 games in the 1984–85 season, and another 10 in the 1985–86 season. In the total 18 games, he had 5 goals, 3 assists, and 8 points.

Post-playing career[edit]

Howson first became the GM of the Edmonton Oilers AHL affiliate, the Cape Breton Oilers and then the Hamilton Bulldogs. When Glen Sather left the Edmonton Oilers for the New York Rangers, and the Oilers hired Kevin Lowe, Lowe immediately promoted Howson to the Oilers where he served as assistant GM from 2002–2007. On June 15, 2007, Howson was named general manager of the Blue Jackets. Howson has a Twitter account in which he occasionally tweets updates in regards to his team such as injuries, trades and signings.

On February 12, 2013, he was relieved of his duties as general manager of the Columbus Blue Jackets.[2]

On March 12, 2013, he was hired by the Edmonton Oilers as a pro scout.

On April 15, 2013, he was named by the Edmonton Oilers as the Senior VP of Hockey Operations.[3]

With the hiring of Peter Chiarelli as Edmonton Oilers General Manager, Howson's role was changed to VP of Player Personnel.


  1. ^ "Pee-Wee players who have reached NHL or WHA" (PDF). Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament. 2018. Retrieved January 11, 2019.
  2. ^ Columbus Blue Jackets Fire Executive VP & GM Howson[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ Oilers Fire GM Tambellini

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Preceded by
Doug MacLean
General Manager of the Columbus Blue Jackets
2007 - 2013
Succeeded by
Jarmo Kekäläinen