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NHL.com has learned that Scott Howson, the former vice president of hockey operations and executive director of NHL Enterprises, will leave the organization this week.

He’ll be replaced by Robyn Regehr, who was in charge of NHL operations from January through May.

In addition, former NHL vice president and president of business operations Jeff Puckett will join the organization.

Pucketts was part of the front office staff during the 2015 Stanley Cup run.

He also served as vice president for the National Hockey League from January 2012 through February 2017.

He was hired by the Washington Capitals in January 2017 to help them prepare for the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

He spent the next few years in the organization as a scout and player development analyst.

 Howson had been with the organization for a few years prior to joining the organization, but he had only served as director of player development for a handful of years before his departure.

He had previously been in charge as director for player personnel, hockey operations, and business operations.

He served as GM of the New Jersey Devils from January 2016 to June 2017.

The Devils finished third in the Eastern Conference last season, but finished with the third-fewest points per game.

In his role as a director, Howson oversaw the hiring of Ryan Suter, Cory Schneider, and Matt Murray.

Howson has also been a part of various team building initiatives.

He led the effort that brought former Minnesota Wild goaltender Ryan Sutter to the team in February 2017, as well as the effort to bring Connor McDavid to the Minnesota Wild in May.

While he served in the role of director of hockey ops, Howsson was responsible for the hiring and firing of players like Alex Pietrangelo and Mike Santorelli.

“Scott is an outstanding person and has an outstanding track record of success in this business,” said the NHL on Monday in a statement.

“He has been an invaluable part of our hockey operations for more than a decade.

His tireless work in helping us grow our business and our franchise and his tireless efforts in helping players develop will be sorely missed by all of us.”

Howson, who has been a consultant to several NHL teams, was hired at the end of February 2018 by the Edmonton Oilers.

He joined the Oilers in June 2017 after a career with the Boston Bruins.

Howland spent nine seasons with the Bruins, who won the Stanley Cup twice and the Presidents Trophy five times.

The Bruins also won the Presidents Cup in 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010.

He left the Bruins to become a consultant for the Anaheim Ducks in 2011.

Howland joined the Ducks in 2017 and spent the majority of his time in Los Angeles before leaving to join the Oilers.

Howling was one of the primary reasons why the Ducks traded for Cam Fowler in February 2018, signing him to a four-year contract worth $7.5 million per season.

Fowler spent the first half of the 2019-20 season with the Oilers, appearing in 54 games.

This was not Howson’s first time with the Edmonton franchise.

He started his professional hockey career with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League in 1996-97.

He later played in the AHL for seven seasons, scoring a total of 25 goals and 57 points.

Howsons first stint in the NHL came in 1998-99 with the Anaheim Mighty Ducks of the Western Hockey League.

He played for the Ducks from 2000-04.

In 2005-06, he was traded to the Buffalo Sabres where he spent three seasons before moving on to the Carolina Hurricanes in the 2007-08 season.

He went on to play for the Carolina Hammer in 2008-09, the Minnesota North Stars in 2009-10, the St. Louis Blues in 2010-11, and the New York Islanders in 2011-12.