Tom Howard (ice hockey)

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Tom Howard
Tom Howard NYAC 1901.jpg
Howard with the New York Athletic Club in 1901.
Born(1871-01-05)January 5, 1871
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Died November 18, 1945(1945-11-18) (aged 74)
Los Angeles, California, United States
Weight 150 [1]  lb (68 kg; 10 st 10 lb)
Position Right Wing/Cover Point
Shot Right
Played for Winnipeg Victorias
New York Athletic Club
Pittsburgh Keystones
New York Wanderers
Brooklyn Skating Club
Playing career 18901906
Howard, second from the right in the middle row, with the 1898-99 Winnipeg Victorias. Victoria Hockey Club, Winnipeg, 1899.png
Howard, second from the right in the middle row, with the 1898–99 Winnipeg Victorias.

Thomas Acheson "Attie" Howard (January 5, 1871 – November 18, 1945) was a Canadian amateur ice hockey player in the era before professional ice hockey. He was a member of the 1896 Winnipeg Victorias Stanley Cup championship team. He later played in the American Amateur Hockey League (AAHL) and in the Western Pennsylvania Hockey League (WPHL) in the United States of America.


Playing and coaching career

Tom Howard joined the Winnipeg Victorias in 1890 and during the 1890–91 season the team played non-league games against the city-rival Winnipeg Hockey Club. He was one of the charter members of the Winnipeg Victorias alongside fellow players Jack Armytage, George "Whitey" Merritt, Fred Higginbotham and multi-athlete Jack McCulloch. He played nine seasons for the club, winning the Stanley Cup in 1896 (against the Montreal Victorias) and playing in a Stanley Cup challenge series in 1899 (also against the Montreal Victorias).

In 1899–1900, Howard moved to New York City [2] with his wife and two sons and played four seasons with the New York Athletic Club. He played two seasons with the New York Wanderers (1903–1905) and one game with the Brooklyn Skating Club in 1905–06 to end his career. He scored 105 goals in 100 games during his career.

Playing manager

During his last active season as a player, in 1905–06, Howard acted as a playing manager of the Brooklyn Skating Club. At the onset of the season Howard tried to acquire a group of Canadian players, mostly from Montreal, among them Frank "Pud" Glass of the Montreal Wanderers and Ernie "Moose" Johnson of the Montreal Hockey Club. The AAHL rules committee ruled the Canadian players ineligible to play with the American club on counts of professionalism, [3] and the Brooklyn Skating Club team ceased its operations two games into the season.

After 1910, Howard joined A.G. Spalding & Co. of New York. He endorsed a hockey stick model [4] and edited the Spalding Ice Hockey Guides. [5] He also coached several different hockey teams, both in the AAHL (New York Hockey Club) and within the American intercollegiate ice hockey circuit (Yale and Columbia). [6]

Playing style

Howard played the predominant bulk of his ice hockey career as a right winger. He was a speedy skater prone to quick dashes down his side of the rink, and he also possessed a good and hard shot. During his time with the New York Wanderers in the AAHL (1903–1905) he played on the cover point position (equivalent to an offensive defenseman in today's hockey). [7]

" ... Howard had coaxed back the form which has made him famous. His frequent journeys down the rink side were as brilliant as chain-lightning over a dark sky. He had the speed of a schoolboy and the cleverness of a master. His skating, criss-cross dribbling and shots which seemed to fairly leap for the net were beautiful to look upon." [8]

– Brooklyn Daily Eagle describing Tom Howard in a game with the New York Wanderers in 1904–05


Tom Howard had two sons, Tom Howard Jr. (b. 1894) and Jack Howard (b. 1896), with his wife Kathleen Howard (née Cronn). [9] Tom Jr. and Jack both played with the New York Hockey Club in the AAHL during the 1916–17 season. Kathleen Howard was a hockey player and manager herself and managed a girls team branch of the St. Nicholas Hockey Club. [10]

Jack Howard died in an automobile crash on December 21, 1919 at an age of 23. The car was driven by his older brother Tom. [11]

Tom Howard eventually moved to Los Angeles, where he died at the age of 74 in 1945.

Career statistics

Regular season

Howard (4) with the 1903-04 New York Wanderers. New York Wanderers.jpg
Howard (4) with the 1903–04 New York Wanderers.

WpgSr = Winnipeg Senior Hockey (no league)

   Regular season  
Season TeamLeagueGP G A Pts PIM
1890–91 Winnipeg Victorias WpgSr20000
1891–92Winnipeg VictoriasWpgSr76060
1892–93Winnipeg Victorias MNWHA 9101110
1893–94Winnipeg VictoriasMNWHA58193
1894–95Winnipeg VictoriasMNWHA33360
1895–96 Winnipeg VictoriasMNWHA53583
1896–97Winnipeg VictoriasMNWHA532516
1897–98Winnipeg VictoriasMNWHA582103
1898–99Winnipeg VictoriasMNWHA362810
1899–1900 New York Athletic Club AAHL 12132153
1900–01New York Athletic ClubAAHL9144180
Pittsburgh Keystones WPHL 2404
1901–02New York Athletic ClubAAHL91141511
1902–03New York Athletic ClubAAHL9810186
1903–04 New York Wanderers AAHL64152
1904–05New York WanderersAAHL84154
1905–06 Brooklyn Skating Club AAHL10000
MHWHA totals3541165735
AAHL totals5454227626

Stanley Cup challenges

1896Winnipeg VictoriasMNWHA22020
1899Winnipeg VictoriasMNWHA21010

Statistics from Society for International Hockey Research (

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  1. The Winnipeg Tribune, Dec. 29, 1896, pg. 4
  2. "Another Canadian Goes" The Ottawa Journal. 1899-12-07. Retrieved 2018-11-23.
  3. "Hockey players barred by league" The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. 1906-01-03. Retrieved 2018-11-23.
  4. Howard 1921, p. 154.
  5. Howard 1921, p. 3.
  6. "Columbia Releases Tom Howard" The New York Times. 1913-12-12. Retrieved 2018-11-23.
  7. "Hockey a popular sport" The Sun. 1904-03-06. Retrieved 2018-11-23.
  8. "Hockey Club wins from Wanderer team". The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. 1905-02-08. Retrieved 2018-11-23.
  9. "The Tots are Hockey Champions" The Times. 1901-03-17. Retrieved 2018-11-23.
  10. "Mrs. T. A. Howard Would Teach Hockey to Girls of Brooklyn" The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. 1917-02-08. Retrieved 2018-11-23.
  11. "John Howard dies after motor crash" The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. 1919-12-22. Retrieved 2018-11-23.
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