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Eric Peterson, Published January 07 2011

Where are they now?: Former Cobbers goalie Howard now a lawyer

Bryan Howard finished his men’s hockey career at Concordia with a school record 2,453 saves.

A natural on the ice, Howard is now involved in another realm he feels comfortable in – law.

“I’ve always been interested in it,” said Howard, who now lives in the Atlanta area. “My father was a lawyer so I naturally fell into it.”

Howard – who now has his own law firm, called the Howard Law Group – graduated from Concordia in 2001 and played for the men’s hockey team from 1998-2001. Howard ended his career with a 48-19-8 record, a 2.84 goals against average and a .901 save percentage.

Howard is the Cobbers career leader in wins and goals against average.

“Strive to be the best in whatever you do; that’s what I take from hockey to my practice now,” said Howard, who has a

3-year-old son named James.

While he was born in California, Howard lived in Fargo for a few years when he was around elementary school age. That’s when Howard first started to play hockey before he moved back to California and lived in the Sacramento area. Howard went to prep school in Massachusetts before he ended up going to Concordia.

“I liked Concordia,” said Howard. “I thought it was good academics and I liked the people. I enjoyed it. It was four wonderful years of preparation for life.”

After graduating from Concordia, Howard tried professional hockey for a short period of time as he played in Rockford, Ill., and Texarkana, Texas.

“I tried it and couldn’t make it,” Howard said with a laugh.

Howard then went to law school at William and Mitchell in St. Paul before he eventually settled in Atlanta.

“I think it’s helping people and making a difference and I think lawyers get a bad rap sometimes,” Howard said. “It makes you feel good when you do make a difference. I think it’s a noble profession.”