ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Former University of Maine goalie and current Detroit Red Wing Jimmy Howard was named to the U.S. Olympic Team on Wednesday afternoon at the conclusion of the 2014 Winter Classic. Howard was one of three goalies named to the 25-member squad that will compete in Sochi, Russia.
The Olympics will be held Feb. 13 - 23, with the United States first facing Slovakia at Shayba Arena on Thursday, Feb. 13. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:30 AM eastern time.
Howard joins former Black Bears Eric Weinrich (1988- USA), Mike Dunham (1992, 1994, 2002 - USA), Peter Ferraro (1994 - USA), Chris Imes (1994 - USA), Paul Kariya (1994, 1998, 2002- Canada), Matt Martin (1994- USA), Jean-Yves Roy (1994 - Canada), Garth Snow (1994- USA), Keith Carney (1998 - USA), Matthias Trattnig (2002 - Austria) and Kent Salfi (2002 - Austria) who have played ice hockey on Olympic Teams.
Howard played for Maine from 2002 - 2005, where he had a record-setting career for the Black Bears. During the 2003-04 season, he set NCAA single season records for goals against average at 1.19 and save percentage at .956. He holds Maine records for career goals against average at 1.84 and career save percentage at .931. He helped lead Maine to the 2003-04 NCAA Title game and was a 2011 selection to the University of Maine Hall of Fame.
He is in his fifth season starting for the Detroit Red Wings. He has played in 23 games this season and is 6-9-8 with a 2.72 goals against average and a .907 save percentage. Howard has a pair of shutouts.