10 a.m., April 4)
opportunity ends before it even starts
By Fred Sherwin
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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