FINAL
Fri. Oct 10
2 IOW
3 SAN
FINAL
Sat. Oct 11
2 OKC
3 SAN
FINAL
Fri. Oct 17
3 UTI
0 SAN
FINAL
Sat. Oct 18
5 SAN
4 OKC
FINAL
Fri. Oct 24
2 SAN
5 UTI
FINAL
Sat. Oct 25
4 SAN
2 HAM
FINAL
Sun. Oct 26
5 SAN
2 HAM
FINAL
Wed. Oct 29
6 SAN
7 ADK
Fri. Oct 31
7:30 PM
RFD
SAN
Sat. Nov 01
7:00 PM
RFD
SAN
Fri. Nov 07
7:30 PM
TOR
SAN
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4:00 PM
OKC
SAN
Tue. Nov 11
10:35 AM
SAN
OKC
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7:30 PM
CHA
SAN
Sat. Nov 15
7:00 PM
CHA
SAN
Tue. Nov 18
10:30 AM
OKC
SAN
Fri. Nov 21
7:30 PM
SAN
TEX
Sun. Nov 23
4:00 PM
TEX
SAN
Sat. Nov 29
7:00 PM
OKC
SAN
Sun. Nov 30
4:00 PM
IOW
SAN
Fri. Dec 05
7:30 PM
UTI
SAN
Sun. Dec 07
4:00 PM
CHI
SAN
Tue. Dec 09
7:00 PM
CHI
SAN
Thu. Dec 11
7:00 PM
SAN
IOW
Fri. Dec 12
7:00 PM
SAN
IOW
Fri. Dec 19
7:00 PM
SAN
CHA
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1:00 PM
SAN
CHA
Fri. Dec 26
7:30 PM
TEX
SAN
Sat. Dec 27
7:00 PM
OKC
SAN
Sun. Dec 28
5:00 PM
SAN
TEX
Thu. Jan 01
3:00 PM
SAN
UTI
Fri. Jan 02
7:00 PM
SAN
TOR
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3:00 PM
SAN
TOR
Tue. Jan 06
7:00 PM
SAN
ADK
Wed. Jan 07
7:05 PM
SAN
ROC
Sat. Jan 10
7:00 PM
IOW
SAN
Sun. Jan 11
4:00 PM
TOR
SAN
Sat. Jan 17
7:00 PM
ROC
SAN
Tue. Jan 20
7:00 PM
TEX
SAN
Thu. Jan 22
7:00 PM
SAN
LEM
Sat. Jan 24
7:00 PM
SAN
LEM
Thu. Jan 29
7:30 PM
SAN
TEX
Fri. Jan 30
7:30 PM
CHA
SAN
Tue. Feb 03
7:30 PM
SAN
TEX
Thu. Feb 05
7:00 PM
TEX
SAN
Sat. Feb 07
7:00 PM
OKC
SAN
Tue. Feb 10
7:30 PM
SAN
TEX
Fri. Feb 13
7:00 PM
SAN
GRA
Sat. Feb 14
7:00 PM
SAN
GRA
Sun. Feb 15
4:00 PM
SAN
RFD
Wed. Feb 18
10:30 AM
SAN
RFD
Sat. Feb 21
7:00 PM
SAN
CHI
Sun. Feb 22
3:00 PM
SAN
CHI
Fri. Feb 27
7:00 PM
SAN
OKC
Sat. Feb 28
7:00 PM
SAN
OKC
Wed. Mar 04
7:00 PM
SAN
CHA
Thu. Mar 05
7:00 PM
SAN
CHA
Wed. Mar 11
7:00 PM
MIL
SAN
Fri. Mar 13
7:30 PM
LEM
SAN
Sat. Mar 14
7:00 PM
LEM
SAN
Tue. Mar 17
7:00 PM
CHA
SAN
Fri. Mar 20
7:00 PM
SAN
OKC
Sat. Mar 21
7:00 PM
HAM
SAN
Sun. Mar 22
4:00 PM
HAM
SAN
Wed. Mar 25
7:00 PM
SAN
MIL
Fri. Mar 27
7:00 PM
SAN
IOW
Sat. Mar 28
12:30 PM
SAN
IOW
Sat. Apr 04
7:00 PM
ADK
SAN
Tue. Apr 07
7:00 PM
SAN
OKC
Fri. Apr 10
7:30 PM
GRA
SAN
Tue. Apr 14
7:00 PM
TEX
SAN
Fri. Apr 17
7:30 PM
TEX
SAN
Sat. Apr 18
7:00 PM
SAN
TEX

The Improbable Rise of Quinton Howden

By: Ken Rodriguez
The angle was sharp, the goalie in great position to make the stop. When the puck shot off his stick, Quinton Howden didn’t know where it landed.
 
A Florida Panthers teammate threw up his arms. Others followed. “I didn’t see it go in,” Howden says. “It was a bad angle. Kind of a lucky shot.”
 
Howden played in 18 NHL games last season without scoring. On the day after he was called up from the San Antonio Rampage in March, he scored his first NHL goal in a 5-4 loss to Tampa Bay.
 
“It was pretty special,” says Howden, a 6-2, 189-pound center who put up three goals and one assist in his first 10 games with the Panthers. “I had a lot of opportunities to score last year but didn’t. It’s funny how things work out.”
 
Howden is one of 12 Rampage players the Panthers have called up this season. Six are currently on the NHL roster: Dylan Olsen, Colby Robak, Drew Shore, Alex Petrovic, Vincent Trocheck and Howden.
 
That Howden is playing pro hockey amazes his parents. Neither Sheldon nor Krystal Howden played sports growing up. They know of no one even distantly related who played ice hockey. Then there was that accident in Quinton’s youth, a spill on a tricycle that snapped a femur and made doctors wonder if their son might live with a deformity.
 
“One of the doctors mentioned that he didn’t know if one leg would be longer than the other,” Sheldon says.
 
The injury was horrific. At age 5, Quinton skidded on rocks in front of his house in the Canadian town of Cochrane, Alberta. As he fell off the tricycle, his left leg got caught in the frame. The femur broke in two. Alerted by his wife, Sheldon rushed home from work and found his son curled up on the sidewalk, crying.
 
“He couldn’t handle the pain,” Sheldon says.
 
Sheldon rushed his son to the hospital. Doctors placed Quinton’s left leg in a cast that went from his pelvis to his toes. They put his right leg in a cast that reached his knee. A bar was attached between both legs to help the bone heal properly.
 
The prognosis was grim. He had not begun to play hockey. But Quinton, one doctor said, might find it difficult to play competitive sports because one leg could wind up longer than the other.
Quinton wore the cast for nearly two months. “When it came off,” Sheldon says, “he had to learn to walk all over again.”
 
The boy learned quickly. A year after the accident, he tried his hand at the sport kids across Canada were playing. Quinton seemed a natural on the ice. He was fast. He was smooth. “He was good right off the bat,” Sheldon says.
 
Mom and dad marveled. Once the femur had healed, Quinton’s legs were the same length. There was no indication he had ever been injured. What surprised them more was his athleticism. “I had no athletic background,” Sheldon says. “We lived on a farm. I always had to work.”
 
No one knows if there is a hockey gene in Krystal. She was adopted. All Sheldon and Krystal knew is that Quinton was gifted. As he grew, he became a dominant player at every level. His younger brother, Brett, began playing and also excelled.
 
There was no coaching at home. No stern correction from dad after a poor game. “I just left him alone,” Sheldon says. “I let him play and enjoy it.”
 
Time flew. One day Quinton was lacing up skates for the Moose Jaw Warriors in the Western Hockey League. Then the Panthers were drafting him in the first round of the 2010 entry draft. He impressed with the Rampage before landing with the Panthers.
 
“It’s awesome,” Quinton says of the NHL. “I’m just trying to take it all in and enjoy the time. I’m close with all my former Rampage teammates that are here.”
 
He doesn’t remember much about the accident. The shock of the injury and the passage of time have left him with memory fragments. Over the years, Sheldon and Krystal filled in the details: the severity of the break, what the doctors feared, how he recovered so quickly.
 
Years later, the family seems to believe the accident may have helped. The fracture forged a spirit of fierce determination in Quinton. He embraced hockey with vigor. He fought through many injuries -- a broken ankle, wrist, hand and thumb, to name a few -- until he began living the wild imaginations of his youth.
 
“My whole life, I grew up wanting to play hockey,” Quinton says. “I’m very fortunate things have worked out the way they have.”


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