Howard Donates $50,000 In Masks For Medical Center
Updated: Apr 23
BY DAVE SHEA
Odensburg's Jimmy Howard has rendered numerous heroic performances in goal in his at all levels of his accolade filled hockey career culminating with a 14-year a NHL tenure with the Detroit Red Wings. He owns a 246-196 career record and has played in 70 overtime games; he has played in three all-star games and was a member of the United States Olympic team in 2014. Howard was selected by the Red Wings in the second round (No. 64) of the 2003 NHL Draft following three standout college seasons. He went 47-23-10 at Maine and helped lead it to the NCAA Frozen Four as a sophomore.
Throughout his career with the Red Wings he has been at the forefront of the team's effort to support community causes and aid people fighting major illnesses and afflictions in hospitals. The Jimmy Howard Foundation has helped families in the Detroit metropolitan area since 2005 by supporting research of and treatment and cures for various diseases.
The mission of the foundation is to support, benefit and promote the research of treament and cures for various diseases including but not limited to arthritis and cancer.
Howard and his Red Wing teammates have stepped to aid what Howard calls the "heroes" in the fight against the COVID-19 virus. He recently purchased $50,000 worth of N95 masks for the Detroit Medical Center and the masks should be arriving soon.
“These healthcare workers are fighting the battle of their lives, on behalf of all of us,” Howard said in an interview with WXYZ-TV in Detroit. “They are heroes, and we’ve all got to do what we can to support them and thank them for their tireless work right now and in the weeks to come.”
According to the Detroit News Red Wings center Dylan Larkin and his father, Kevin, collected 50,000 vinyl powder-free and nitrile gloves this month, giving 25,000 each to Detroit Medical Center and St. Joseph Mercy Health System, and forward Justin Abdelkader donated 1,200 meals for workers at St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Hospital.
The NHL was suspended March 12 due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus and the Red Wings have 11 games remaining. Reports have circulated throughout the media in NHL cities that the league is stilling planning to complete the season with several formats proposed.
According to a report this week from Elliotte Friedman of Hockey Night in Canada and Sportsnet, the NHL is discussing a potential July return in four centralized cities – one in each of the four divisions – with an aim to conclude the regular season. At this time it is not known if fans could attend the games.