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(Updated 5:30 p.m., June 27)
Holy Cow-ick! Beacon Hill native selected by hometown Sens

By Fred Sherwin
Orleans Online

Beacon 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. Fred Sherwin/Photo


Beacon Hill 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.

"It was 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.

"My agent 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 then...

"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.

Cowick knows 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.

"It's nothing 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.

Cowick attributes his success this year to his stint with the Pittsburgh Penguins last September.

"That was 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.

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Cumberland Grad 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.

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

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