Thursday, 15 April 2010

Cowan Ready for Former 'Mates

Hartney product Del Cowan admits he has a little extra motivation Friday night when his Calgary Hitmen face off with the Brandon Wheat Kings in Game #1 of the WHL’s Eastern Conference Final.

Cowan was released by the Wheat Kings at the 20-year old deadline in October, subsequently picked up by Prince George in the 20-year old waiver draft and then traded to Calgary in early November.

“I guess a little bit, maybe,” says Cowan, who had 14 goals and 23 points in 54 regular season games with Calgary, “I just have to worry about not getting too excited and just playing my game.”

Cowan spent two-plus seasons with the Wheat Kings after making the team as, basically, a walk-on at training camp in 2007.

In 128 career games with Brandon, Cowan notched 22 goals and 39 points but won the hearts of Wheat King fans with his work ethic and tenacity.

Those traits continue to show in his time with the Hitmen and have been particularly at the forefront in the playoffs, where he’s counted three goals, 10 points and a +10 rating in 13 post-season games.

“I’ve just been firing pucks on net and got a few bounces in the Moose Jaw series, there,” says Cowan, “Just getting some bounces and scoring a few goals here and there.”

A regular on the Hitmen’s league-leading penalty-kill unit, Cowan is the kind of guy you cheer to have success.

However, probably not so much in this series.

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