COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets announced today that Scott Howson has agreed to a multi-year contract to serve as the general manager of the National Hockey League club. As is club policy, terms were not disclosed. "I am very pleased to have Scott Howson join the Blue Jackets organization as general manager," said Majority Owner and Chairman John H. McConnell. "In Scott, we know we found the right person to lead our hockey operations department. He is an extremely bright, hard-working individual who is widely respected and we couldn’t be more proud to have him in Columbus." Howson, 47, joins the Blue Jackets after spending seven years with the Edmonton Oilers. He joined the club in June 2000 as assistant to the general manager and was named assistant general manager a year later. In that role, he was responsible for all aspects of the club's hockey administration, including player contracts, personnel decisions, the collective bargaining agreement and the salary cap. During his six seasons with the Oilers, the club posted five-straight winning campaigns from 2000-06, averaged 37 wins and 89 points per season, topped 90 points four times and advanced to the 2006 Stanley Cup Finals, where they were defeated in seven games by the Carolina Hurricanes.