Like most National Lacrosse League players, Kevin Howard has his game-day routine: Roll out of bed, eat a good breakfast, head to the rink for the morning shoot-around and then take a seat in the locker-room and wait to see if he'll dress that night for the defending NLL champion Calgary Roughnecks. Such is life for the 25-year-old Edmonton product, two seasons ago a starter for the now defunct Ottawa Rebel but currently a member of a talent-laden Calgary squad.
"It is tough not knowing when you'll play," admitted Howard, who didn't dress for last night's 15-14 win over the Arizona Sting at the 'Dome. "Waiting until the afternoon on game day to find out is hard. But you look at the talent on this team and we're deep. As long as we're winning, I'm happy.
"Sure I'd rather be winning with a jersey on instead of up in the crowd but that's not the way it is right now."
Howard is slotted fourth on the Roughnecks depth chart of right-handed forwards, behind starters Tracey Kelusky, Kaleb Toth and Jason Wulder.
Depending on what personnel scheme head coach Chris Hall decides to use from game-to-game decides whether the 6-ft. 1-in., 205-lb. Howard will draw into the lineup.
"It's tough to disappoint those guys," said Hall. "To tell a guy like Kevin Howard, 'sorry you're not dressing tonight because we're going to go another way against that team' is tough for me as a coach, personally."