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end pair named to OHL East All-Star team
local hockey products, one from the Gloucester Rangers minor hockey system and
the other a former Cumberland Baron, will be suiting up as teammates at next week's
OHL All-Star Game.
67s forward Corey Cowick and Belleville Bulls defenceman Shawn Lalonde were both
chosen to represent the Eastern Conference in the All-Star Classic, which will
take place next Wednesday in Windsor.
first heard that he was being considered for the East Conference team from 67s
coach Brian Kilrea, but he didn't believe it until the all-star rosters were posted
on the OHL website.
my first emotion was pride. I've worked very hard this year and I'm very proud
of what I've accomplished," said Cowick who came up through the Gloucester
Rangers minor hockey organization.
been quite a year for the 19-year-old Beacon Hill resident. After being acquired
by Ottawa 67s in trade with the Oshawa Generals at the beginning of the summer,
he signed an amateur contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins and attended their
he came back, Kilrea put him on the 67s top line with Logan Couture who was also
named to the East Conference all-star team. Together the pair have been lighting
it up. After 49 games, Cowick is ranked seventh in the league in goals scored
with 29. He also has 18 assists.
named to the all-star team is further confirmation that he's coming into his own
as an offensive force.
is like a drug. The more you have it, the more you want it. These last couple
of years I've learned to appreciate the success I'm having," said Cowick,
who is hoping to show the legions of NHL Scouts who will be at the game that he
can hold his own against the best the OHL has to offer including a number of players
who have already been drafted.
even the drafted players will be under pressure to show their organizations that
they didn't make a mistake by picking them.
was drafted 68th overall by the Chicago Blackhawks in last summer's NHL Entry
Draft. The former Cumberland Baron will be making his first appearance in the
OHL All-Star game since joining the league in 2006.
his rookie season with the Bulls he scored six goals and added 20 assists in 58
games. He followed that up with nine goals and 22 assists in 66 games in his sophomore
campaign and ended up getting drafted in the third round of the NHL Entry Draft
(68th overall) by the Chicago Blackhawks.
So far this season he has 17 goals and 21 assists in 50 games which places him
among the Top 10 defecemen in scoring.
will be the first time the two young men will be playing together on the same
team outside of the Sunday night, early summer pick-up games a number of the local
hockey prospects play at the Ray Friel Centre.
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