Born: January 4, 1991
Position: Left wing
Weight: 176 lbs.
Hometown: Salmon Arm, B.C.
2009-20010 team: Red Deer Rebels — WHL
Player info: There’s nothing fancy about Josh Cowen, an up-and-down winger with plenty of gumption who would just as soon deliver a big hit as create a scoring chance.
He’s a guy who enjoys sticking to the game plan and pursuing all-for-one and one-for-all success at any cost.
“For the most part, ‘Cowey’ has played pretty well for us,” said head coach Jesse Wallin. “He works hard on the backcheck and does a good job of forechecking.”
Cowen is comfortable as a role player, and despite his age, he is a leader of sorts.
“I have to be vocal on the bench and get the guys going if we have a bad shift,” he said. “I’m a player who has to stick to the system in order to get more ice time. And the more ice time you get, the more you can help the team.”
Cowen had respectable offensive numbers with the Kamloops-based Thompson Blazers of the BC Major Midget League in the 2006-2007 season, notching 11 goals and collecting 26 points in 30 games.
“I had a lot of confidence. I was playing a lot of minutes in all situations,” said the six-foot-two , 176-pound product of Salmon Arm, B.C.
“Cowen is one of those guys who will do anything for you, whether it be blocking shots or taking hits,” said Wallin. “His work ethic is contagious and he’s respected by his teammates for that.”