Rush-ing for redemption

TY PILSON -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:19 AM ET

Shock-jock Stern isn't the only Howard who made his debut for a new employer this month.

Former Calgary Roughnecks forward Kevin Howard made his debut for the expansion Edmonton Rush in a 10-9 overtime loss to the San Jose Stealth Jan. 6.

For the Edmonton native, this season is a chance for redemption.

Howard spent the last two seasons keeping a seat warm in the press box as a member of the Roughnecks, unable to draw into the lineup due to the team's depth of right-handed forwards.

Tonight, Howard will lead his new team into the 'Dome to take on the Riggers (7:30 p.m., Sportsnet) looking to make his mark against his old club.

"I'm anxious to get at it and get out there," said Howard, who had three shots and collected an assist in the loss to San Jose. "I want to prove my worth. To kind of show what Calgary had sitting on the bench the last few years and really make some noise in this league."

The Riggers left Howard available in the expansion draft this past summer and the Rush were quick to grab the hometown boy. Howard played only seven games in two seasons for Calgary, collecting eight points.

In 2003, playing with the now defunct Ottawa Rebel, Howard had his best year with 30 goals and 25 assists.

"I had a good time in Calgary and have no hard feelings," said Howard. "I just wanted to play and that didn't happen because of the situation there."

Rush coach Paul Day said Howard will have no problem with floor time this season.

"He's a great inside guy, a big strong body that can set picks," said Day. "We're expecting quite a bit out of him."


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