p.m., June 27)
Beacon Hill native selected by hometown Sens
By Fred Sherwin
Hill native and Gloucester Rangers Minor Hockey product Corey Cowick was
selected in the sixth round of today's NHL Entry Draft by the Ottawa Senators.
native Corey Cowick is on top of the world after getting selected in the
sixth round of the NHL Entry Draft by the Ottawa Senators, a team he's idolized
since he played minor peewee with the Gloucester Rangers.
"It's an unbelievable
feeling to be honest with you. When I was a kid I spent many a day on the
outdoor rink skating around with my Alexi Yashin jersey on and my Alexandre
Daigle stick pretending I was playing for the Senators," Cowick said
shortly after getting drafted.
After being passed
over as a 17-year-old and an 18-year-old in the previous two drafts, Cowick
was understandably anxious about how the day would turnout. A handful of
teams had shown an interest in him including the Pittsburgh Penguins, who
invited him to their rookie camp last year, and the New York Rangers, but
it was the Ottawa Senators who selected him with their seventh pick.
The Sens came
onto the scene late in the game, contacting him just over a week ago. After
going through a workout and some conditioning drills, he met Sens' GM Brian
Murray and then went out to dinner with assistant general manager Terry
Murray and several scouts who interviewed for a couple of hours.
a little intimidating being questioned by four or five guys at once, but
I thought it went okay," said Cowick who spent most of the morning
avoiding any mention of the draft either on television or his computer.
told to do anything except watch the draft, so I went to the store and then
I watched a Little League game in Orleans. By the time I got home they were
in the fifth round I think," said Cowick.
As the draft
proceeded to the sixth round, he started to hear a few familiar names. And
"I was walking
through the living room and I could have sworn I heard my name. So I told
my dad, 'I think I just got drafted.' So my dad refreshed the computer and
poof there was my name beside the Ottawa Senators. After that there were
a few hugs and a few tears from my mom and people started text messaging
me to say congratulations."
In getting passed
over in two consecutive drafts and then getting selected in the sixth round
in his final year of eligibility, Cowick has something in common with former
Ottawa Senator Jason York who went through a similar experience before enjoying
a successful career that spanned 13 seasons.
he'll have his work cut for him in trying to become a regular in the NHL.
It doesn't help that the Senators drafted two other left wingers and a a
third person who can play either left wing or centre.
new to me. I was an eighth-rounder in the O and no one really gave me a
shot. Then I sat in Oshawa for a couple of seasons before coming to Ottawa.
I'm used to not having the odds in my favour, but when you make it, it's
that much sweeter," says Cowick, who came into his own as a member
of the Ottawa 67s this past season, scoring 34 goals and 26 assists playing
on a line with Logan Couture.
his success this year to his stint with the Pittsburgh Penguins last September.
a big thing. That was when I turned from being a fan to an actual player.
It was a big jump and a bit of a tease at the same time. Once I got a taste
of it I just wanted to go back and get some more," said Cowick who
will have a few days to let it all sink in before he has to report to the
Sens conditioning camp next week.
forward David Pacan was also selected in the sixth round, going 177th overall
to the Chicago Blackhawks.
Pacan was the
Grads' leading scorer this past season with 22 goals and 38 assists in 58
games. He has already signed a letter of intent to play hockey at the University
of Vermont next season.
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