Ron Howell was a versatile player who could be of use at left-wing and on defence. He toiled briefly with the New York Rangers in the mid-50s but was better known as a senior and minor pro regular.
The native of Hamilton, Ontario played his amateur hockey with the OHA's Guelph Biltmores. The Rangers prospect was brought up for three games in 1954-55 when he was still in junior. The next year Howell played one contest for the Blueshirts at the conclusion of his final amateur season but never returned to the NHL.
Howell played two years with the senior Kitchener-Waterloo Dutchmen and amassed 67 points in 60 games. After playing the 1958-59 season with the WHL's Vancouver Canucks he spent a year playing pro football. He came back for one season with the Rochester Americans in 1961-62 then returned for another season on the gridiron. Howell played two more years in the EHL and the OHA senior circuit before hanging up his skates and cleats for good in 1964.