Friday, 5 November 2010

Gow Learning Quickly with Chiefs

Killarney product Reid Gow gets a chance to play his first Western Hockey League game in his home province Friday.

The 16-year old Gow is in his rookie season with the Spokane Chiefs, notching two goals and five points in 12 games heading into Friday's contest with the Brandon Wheat Kings at Westman Communications Group Place.

"I'm completely nervous," said Gow after the Chiefs' game-day skate in Brandon Friday morning, "My parents will be here, friends and everything. Hopefully I can do my best."

Gow was Spokane's first round pick in the 2008 WHL Bantam Draft (16th overall) but he says he's tries not to put too much pressure on himself to perform.

"I'm sure there's pressure, but when everyone makes the team, everybody's a rookie," says Gow, "No one is ahead of anyone, everyone's equal, everyone earns their ice-time so you have to play your best to be in the lineup."

The first quarter of the season has been a real learning experience ow, who got out of the chute early with his first career WHL goal and an assist in the Chiefs' season-opener against Tri-City on September 25th in Kennewick.

One of the players the 5-foot-11, 182 pound Gow is learning is first round NHL draft pick Jared Cowen, Ottawa's first round pick in the 2009 Entry Draft.

Gow rooms with the 19-year old Cowen on the Chiefs' road trips.

"He has so much experience, he's played in many huge events and he was once the young guy," says Gow, "He's taught me a lot, to be ready for anything and to be prepared."

Gow had 11 goals and 43 points in 38 games with the Southwest Cougars of the Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League last season and has a reputation as an offensively talented player.

However, Gow knows he still had a lot to work on.

"Just like anything, practice and practice. You have to practice getting skilled guys skating at you, you have to be faster," says Gow, "I definitely have to work on my defensive zone and my offensive zone, for that matter. There's tons of better players out there and I just have to try and keep up."

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