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(Posted 10:30 a.m., Oct. 25)
Beacon Hill native Corey Cowick makes splash with 67s
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

After being traded to the Ottawa 67s in the off season, Beacon Hill native Corey Cowick is off to great start, scoring 10 goals and four assists in just 13 games. File photo

The past four weeks have been an incredible ride for Beacon Hill native Corey Cowick. Heading into this weekend’s action he’s scored 10 goals and added two assists for the Ottawa 67s playing on the team’s top line with Logan Couture.

The 19-year-old Gloucester Minor Hockey product credits a stint at the Pittsburgh Penguins training camp with
giving him the confidence and motivation to play at the top of his game.

“It was like a big tease. That’s the best analogy I can use,” says Cowick who is still draft eligible after being passed over the last two years. “Knowing that I’m that close just makes me want to work even harder.”

Cowick was traded to the 67s in July after spending the last two seasons with the Oshawa Generals. After a somewhat shaky rookie campaign in which he only scored four goals and four assists in 76 games including the playoffs, he scored 11 goals and 14 assists in 63 regular season games last year.

His production impressed the Pittsburgh Penguins enough to earn him an invitation to their rookie camp where he got a small taste of the show. He ended up playing in two prospect games against Florida and Ottawa before returning to the 67s.

Cowick says the biggest difference between an OHL training camp and an NHL camp is the attention paid to learning a team's systems.

“In the ‘O’ they work on developing skills more than anything. In Pittsburgh it was all about systems. What do you do when you have the puck. What do you do when you don't have it. They already assume you can skate and shoot the puck and all that,” says Cowick.

The highlight of the whole experience was putting on the Penguins Reebok game jersey before the prospect game against the Panthers.

“It was the white road jersey. It was very very nice. It was the best looking jersey I’ve ever worn,” says Cowick.

Now back in Ottawa and with 13 games already under his belt, Cowick is looking forward to a productive season. The 67s are 7-6 and currently sit in second place in the East Division.

Making the whole experience even more special is the fact that it’s Brian Kilrea’s final year behind the bench.

“Being from Ottawa and having grown up following the 67s, it’s huge. To be part of his last year is a big deal. I’m sure it’s special to the other guys too, but it’s extra special to me,” says Cowick.

As for the season ahead, Cowick says the team’s goal is to make the playoffs and then go as deep as they can. As for his own ambition, he believes that if he works hard and continues to be productive, the scouts will take notice. And who knows, maybe the third draft will be the charm.

“I just want to make my agent’s job as easy as possible,” says Cowick. “Hopefully, I’ll have a good year and we’ll see that happens from there.”

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