Jimmmy Howard interviewed by his old college newspaper...I broke down just the quotes, it appears Howard has his head on straight.
from the Maine Campus, "Instead of 5,000 fans watching you play, there were 18,000 people in the stands and tons more watching on TV," he said. "You are playing with all-stars and future hall of famers. The speed of the game changed dramatically, the players are a lot faster, smarter and lot more skilled."
"The fans here sell the arenas out and they are always in abundance whereever we go, similar to the UMaine fans."
"Hockey is a lifestyle now; it's a job," said Howard. "There's no job security like there is in college. They can't send you anywhere.
"Here, they can send you, trade you, release you any time they want. I could get a phone call right now and be traded."
"My parents couldn't come on such short notice, but they watched on the television and I think my mom cried like three times. They are very supportive of me and the team supported me a lot also. I felt comfortable out there after the first five minutes," said Howard.
"They cut down on hooking, so the forwards are taking liberties of going to the net hard and a lot of goalies are getting injured and getting concussions. Forwards are literally taking us out to score. I didn't get rushed at all, thank God," he said.