Howard took over the starting goaltender role in mid-November after veteran Chris Osgood couldn't get his game back on track. Howard started 61 games, going 37-15-10 en route to a nomination for the Calder Trophy as the league's top rookie. Jimmy released a statement today about his win, and it has that beautiful statement-y feel to it:
"It’s a tremendous honor," Howard said in a statement. "I’m very happy to be a part of the Red Wings organization. My coaches and teammates — in particular, Jim Bedard and Chris
Osgood— really helped me along through my first full season in the National Hockey League. I’m already looking forward to 2010-11."
Jimmy was able to put the team on his back for a long time while the Red Wings struggled with injury issues. Detroit struggled to score goals when key players like Henrik Zetterberg and Johan Franzen were sidelined with long-term injuries, and Howard played a vital role in keeping them afloat in the dangerous Western Conference. He certainly is the Red Wings ROY, if not the league's ROY.