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'(Posted 10 a.m., April 4)
Cowick's golden opportunity ends before it even starts
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Beacon Hill native Corey Cowick is back in Ottawa after failing to pass a medical exam that has prevented him from joining the Hartford Wolf Pack on an amateur tryout for the remainder of the AHL season. File photo

The last 48 hours has been a roller coaster ride for Gloucester native Corey Cowick who signed an amateur contract with the New York Rangers earlier this week that would have seen him play for their AHL affiliate Hartford Wolf Pack starting with a game in Providence Friday night.

But instead Cowick is back home in Beacon Hill, having failed to pass a medical examination due to a shoulder injury that he managed to play with during most of the OHL season including the first round of the playoffs where he scored six goals and two assists against the Niagara IceDogs.

Cowick flew down to Hartford on Thursday night, passing up the 67s season ending banquet in the process. On Friday morning a chauffeur driven limousine came to pick him up at the hotel and drive him to his medical.

During the examination the doctor noticed that one shoulder was loser than the other and after consulting with the Wolf Pack management it was determined that Cowick would be better off returning to Ottawa to get the injury properly assessed rather than risk further aggravating it.

For Cowick it was a cruel turn of events. He went from being on cloud nine, anticipating his first game in the AHL, to total and utter disappointment.

The 19-year-old is now back in Ottawa awaiting an appointment with Dr. Mark Aubry who is Hockey Canada's Chief Medical Officer and the Ottawa Senator's team physician.

The hope is that he will be able to strengthen the shoulder to the point that it won't hinder his chances of getting selected in the NHL entry draft, or signing on as a free agent with a team should he get passed over during the draft. Both the New York Rangers and the Boston Bruins have shown a great deal of interest in acquiring his services.

While Cowick and his agent Rollie Hedges are putting on a brave face, the reality is news of the injury could very well hurt his chances of getting drafted. Nineteen-year-olds rarely get drafted as it is. Last year only 22 19-year-olds were selected in the draft.

The more likely scenario is that he will end up signing with a club as a free agent. What's not known is how the injury might effect the terms and dollar amount of a potential contract.

Cowick's father Dwayne was on his way to Hartford when his wife called him with the news. Corey then called him a short while later and was justifiable upset over what had transpired.

"He was devastated and he couldn't believe it. He really doesn't think it's a problem," says Dwayne. "He injured the shoulder a couple of months ago after hitting a guy and he had an MRI done, but it didn't seem like that big a deal. He kept playing and it didn't really bother him that much. But that's the type of game he plays. He's physical and he likes to hit guys."

Dwayne is confident that once they go see Dr. Aubry, the injury will be properly assessed and Corey will be given a physio program to get his shoulder back in shape in time for the draft.

'(This story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local business partners.)


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