Cable composed and arranged the original theme for the Hockey Night in Canada television broadcast, The Saturday Game which opened the broadcast from 1952 until 1968. His arrangement of Dolores Claman's "The Hockey Theme", which replaced his own composition in 1968, is the standard version, has been called "Canada's Second National Anthem". His Royal Conservatory arrangement of "The Hockey Theme" for piano is one of the best selling pieces of sheet music in Canada.
"In all, he has composed and conducted over a thousand radio dramas and variety shows for CBC alone, dating back to the happy days when they were performed by a live studio orchestra. He was the Executive Director of on-site entertainment at Expo ’67. Howard continues to direct symphony orchestras, bands and choirs across Canada. Interspersed with anecdotes of his musical life, Howard put the TYWO musicians through their paces in their interpretation of his work originally entitled “Newfoundland Rhapsody”, which was expanded and reprinted by popular demand, re-emerging in the print music catalogues as “Banks of Newfoundland”. Explaining his gathering of the folk songs (those visits to the bars to hear the locals singing were all part of the research!) gave the musicians a first-hand account of the concept behind each dynamic; each musical event."
- TYWO, An Afternoon with Maestro Howard Cable