The Beast are the ECHL affiliate of the Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League and the St. John’s IceCaps of the American Hockey League.
Howes, the Beast’s all-time leader in points-per-game, and third overall in goals scored, returns to the team after spending last season in Europe. He recorded 45 points (26g-19a) in 36 games with Brampton during the 2013-14 Central Hockey League season.
A pure goal scorer who spent last season tearing up the Danish Elite League, Howes has recorded 80 goals and 141 points in his last 103 professional games, a span going back three years to 2012-13 when he was a member of the Allen Americans.
During the Alaska Aces run to a Kelly Cup championship in 2011, Howes led his team in postseason scoring with 19 points in 12 games, earning Playoff MVP honors.
The 26-year-old played his junior hockey in the QMJHL where he accumulated 118 points (68g-50a) in 113 regular-season games and added 26 points (15g-11a) in 19 postseason matches. Invited to training camp by the Vancouver Canucks, Howes began his pro career with the Manitoba Moose (AHL) in 2008-09 and has put up strong numbers in both the ECHL and AHL.
In 2012-13 Howes joined the Allen Americans and lit up the Central Hockey League by tallying 1.59 points per game, scoring 20 goals in 20 games and finishing at a 0.95 goals per game rate.