January 16, 2018

Unknown Canadians: Quinton Howden

2018 is definitely the Howden family's year.

The year began with young Brett Howden, a star with the Moose Jaw Warriors of the WHL, helping Team Canada win a gold medal at the 2018 World Junior hockey championships.

Days later older brother Quinton - a former World Junior star himself - was named to the 2018 Canadian Olympic team.

Quinton described it as "an opportunity of a lifetime." This isn't first time he's made the most of his opportunities.

There was a time when such opportunities were never thought possible. As a youngster he badly broke his leg in a tricycle accident and was told he'd never be able to play sports.

Yet somehow Howden turned a reputation for hustle and speed into quite an interesting hockey career.

We already mentioned the World Juniors, for which he represented Canada in both 2011 and 2012, winning silver and bronze respectively. That was part of an impressive junior career, also with the Moose Jaw Warriors, that saw him drafted into the NHL in the first round with the Florida Panthers.

Howden would play 92 games over three seasons with the Panthers before returning to Manitoba to sign with the Jets in 2016. After a season of mostly playing with the farm team, Howden was let loose.

Howden resurfaced this season with HC Dinamo Minsk.

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