Colonial Hockey Foundation

Brittany Howard skates for the Toronto Six in a game against the Buffalo Beauts. Photo Credit: Justin Berl

Brittany Howard, Robert Morris Women’s Hockey Class of ’18 has been selected to the 2023 Professional Hockey Federation (PHF) All-Star Game. Howard, a forward for the Toronto Six, currently leads the PHF with 12 goals in 12 games played (as of 1/17/2023). Her 18 points ranks second in the league (just one behind the league leader), and her 3 game-winning-goals also leads the league.

Howard is the 5th RMU alum to be selected to the PHF (former NWHL) All- Star game, joining the following alums:

2022 – Anjelica Diffendal (Buffalo Beauts)

2019 – Meeri Räisänen (Connecticut Whale)

2018 – Rebecca Vint (Buffalo Beauts)

2016, 2017 – Brianne McLaughlin (Buffalo Beauts)

Howard celebrates one of her 79 goals as a Colonial. Photo Credit: Justin Berl

Howard, who was recently named to the Colonials all-time team, is RMU’s All-Time leader in goals (79) & plus/minus (+66), and ranks second in assists (102) and points (181). She was part of a Colonials team that won CHA Regular season titles in 2016-17 and 2017-18 and a CHA Playoff Title in 2016-17, earning a trip to the NCAA Tournament.

Individual awards from her RMU tenure include leading the CHA in scoring in 2016-17 and 2017-18, 2nd team All -American in 2016-17, CHA player of the year in 2016-17 and 2017-18, a finalist for the Patty Kazmaier (top female NCAA hockey player) award (2017-18) and winning the Pittsburgh Dapper Dan Sportswoman of the Year award in 2018.

“Brittany set the benchmark for what it means to be a Colonial women’s hockey player. She helped take our program to the next level. It’s amazing to see what she has been able to accomplish in the professional ranks. She is a very well-deserved all star.” – RMU Women’s Hockey Head Coach Logan Bittle.

Howard recently returned to Pittsburgh to play in the RMU Hockey Celebrity Faceoff, along with current Toronto Six teammate Lexi Templeman and numerous other alums. She is one of 7 Women’s Hockey alums currently playing in the PHF and 26 RMU Hockey alums overall playing pro hockey this season.

This year’s PHF All-Star game takes place on January 29 in Toronto. It will consist of an “international” format where players are separated onto teams representing their native countries.

Team Canada will take on Team USA to start the three-game round-robin. The winner will play Team World in the second game, while the losing team will face Team World in game three. Each round-robin game will consist of two seven-minute periods of stoppage time played four-on-four. A one-round shootout will take place between periods, providing both teams the opportunity to add a bonus goal to their score. If round-robin games are tied after both periods, a three-round shootout will be used to determine a winner. The championship game will feature the top two teams following the three-game round-robin, per the PHF.

Best of luck to Brittany and Team Canada in this year’s game!

Howard and Templeman pose after the recent RMU Hockey Celebrity Faceoff at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in Cranberry. Photo Credit: Justin Berl