Hometown 67's star a class act

SHANE ROSS, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:50 AM ET

It's only fitting that in the place where he learned to write, Corey Cowick would come back to sign hundreds of autographs.

The Ottawa 67's sniper returned to his old middle school in Gloucester yesterday, but this time he was doing the teaching.

Cowick, along with teammates Tyler Cuma and Thomas Nesbitt and 67's trainer Brian Patafie, had two lessons for the 500 star-struck Grade 6, 7 and 8 students gathered in the Henro Munro School gymnasium: Stay in school and don't be bullied.

"I went through a little bullying here," said Cowick, 19.

"I was one of the bigger kids so they didn't pick on me like that, but the words are what did it most for me. Most of the teachers are still here from when I was here. They can help you. If you're being bullied, make sure somebody knows about it."

Cowick singled out a few teachers, including his Grade 7 French teacher, Mme. Morin, who he said taught him lessons beyond those in the curriculum.

"It's not always about what you learn in English class or history class, a lot of it is life skills," he said.

Cowick played football and other sports at Henry Munro, and some of his former coaches and teachers were joking about taking credit for turning their young student into the man now sitting atop the OHL scoring list.

"One of the unique things about playing in your hometown, obviously it's good to have your family and friends support you for every home game, but it's nice to go back to a place -- I was only young when I was there, Grades 6, 7 and 8 -- where everybody still remembers me and is following me," he said.

After the 67's delivered their message, they handed out tickets to Friday's game against the Brampton Battalion, posed for pictures and signed shirts, arms, notebooks -- who knows, maybe even a test or two.

Not sure if Cowick's penmanship has improved much from his Grade 7 signature that says "Corey Cowick, future MLB star" beside his painted handprint on a tile along one corridor inside his old school.

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THREE QUESTIONS

67's players Corey Cowick, Tyler Cuma and Thomas Nesbitt and team trainer Brian Patafie were asked three questions during their talk at Henro Munro Middle School yesterday:

1. If you could meet anybody in the world, who would it be?

Cowick: Lance Armstrong

Nesbitt: Wayne Gretzky

Cuma: Tiger Woods

Patafie: Jessica Simpson

2. If you could have one superpower, what would it be?

Cowick: Immunity to pain

Nesbitt: Ability to fly

Cuma: I'd want to be invisible so I could do whatever I want and nobody would know I did it.

Patafie: I'd want to fly so I could fly right by Jessica Simpson's house.

3. One thing, doesn't matter how big or heavy, falls out of the sky and into your arms and you get to keep it. What would it be?

Cowick: A new house

Nesbitt: A Ferrari

Cuma: Stanley Cup, no doubt about it.

Patafie: Jessica Simpson


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