|Garry Robert Charles Howatt
Height: 5' 9", Weight: 170 pounds
Born: 9.26.52 Glendon, Alberta
|How he arrived: Traded by the Hartford Whalers with Rick Meagher for Merlin Malinowski and the
rights to Scott Fusco, 10.15.82
How he left: Retired 8.84
|Regular Season Statistics with the Franchise
Stats in bold signifies team leader.
The Islanders didn't call Howatt "Toy Tiger" for nothing. Even though he was a smaller player, he was one tough mo-fo.
When he left the team to play for Hartford, he was the all-time leader in PIMs. (Obviously, that record would be
As a Whaler, he also had a career year in points with 50. They were prepared to give him a long-term contract and make
him their captain.
So what happened? He took some advice and requested a trade to the Devils. It turned out to be some bad advice, as he
had disputes with management which lead to him playing a limited amount of games and ultimately being sent to the
Maine Mariners. He did retire winning the Calder Cup, but he retired not feeling fulfilled, as he felt that he could have
played at least 3 more seasons, particularly with the Islanders, that's how far back his... regret, if you will, went. Even
he admitted that he should have listened to his wife, who was against him leaving the Isles in the first place.
He lived in New Jersey for a while and had run Mount Freedom Golf, a driving range, until 2010. After he sold the
business, he moved to Arizona and got hooked on roping competitions at the rodeos in the state. He'll also play an
occasional alumni game.
|Entry Draft: 1972 Tenth Round Pick (144th overall) by the
New York Islanders