We’re forced to make tradeoffs as we get older, juggling marriage and family and work. That's just part of the deal.
And it’s with that in mind that Jimmy Howard, the Red Wings’ veteran goaltender, views his latest professional honor, representing the Red Wings at the NHL All-Star game in San Jose later this month.
While some of his teammates will head to tropical destinations for some much-needed rest and relaxation following a seven-day road trip to western Canada, Howard instead will pack his skates and equipment for a four-day trip to San Jose, Calif. There he’ll be joined by his wife, Rachel, and their three young children for a weekend of … more hockey.
“Laying on a beach would be nice,” Howard admitted Monday, laughing after another midseason practice at Little Caesars Arena. “But I’m still looking forward to it, mostly because my boys are so fired up to go.”
Those boys — James and Henry — are ages 7 and 4 now, joined recently by an 8-month-old sister, Olivia. And if dad’s feeling a bit conflicted about this upcoming working vacation, well, they’re certainly not.
“They ask every single day when we’re going,” Howard said. “Especially Henry. Every morning it’s, ‘When are we going to California? When are we going to California?’ So they’re really excited for it, and I can’t wait for them to partake in it.”
This is the third All-Star nod for Howard, who made his NHL debut back in 2005 and is now in his 10th season as a mainstay in Detroit.