Natives hire Howden as assistant coach


The Manitoba Junior Hockey League’s Neepawa Natives have hired Dustin Howden as the team’s new assistant coach. 

Howden, who hails from Deloraine, will fill the void left by Cam Tibbett who is pursuing other career opportunities. Tibbett will remain with the organization in a different role.

Howden coached in the AAA midget and AAA bantam programs with the Southwest Cougars this past season.

Recently with the AAA Bantam Cougars as head coach, he was part of a developmental team that saw 13 players drafted in the WHL or MJHL. 

“We are happy to add Dustin to our coaching staff. He believes in the development of players to the next level, which is important to our organization,” said Natives general manager Myles Cathcart in a release.  “He has strong community ties, passion for the game, and exerts lots of energy for the greater success of the organization.

Howden will start his new position at the beginning of August. 

“I am ready to go,” said Howden. “There is a lot of work to be done but challenges are part of the game.  I am looking forward to being part of the Natives organization and community.”

The Natives training camp will commence on Aug. 29 at the Yellowhead Arena in Neepawa.  The home opener is scheduled for Sept. 19 when the Natives host the OCN Blizzard.  

Meanwhile, the drive for 500 season tickets remains is in full flight.  Tickets are available at Team Electronics or Home Hardware in Neepawa. You can also contact Dave at 204-476-3636 or Pat at 204-212-3202.

With files from Natives release