Third team's the charm for Cowan

SCOTT FISHER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:45 AM ET

Del Cowan's suitcase has gotten quite a workout over the past couple of weeks.

Playing for his third team in less than a month, the newest Calgary Hitmen is just hoping to stay put in one place for awhile.

"It's been a rough start to the year for me, bouncing around from team to team," said Cowan, who was acquired from the Prince George Cougars earlier this week for a conditional eighth-round bantam pick. "I've seen three of the four (western) provinces in the last little while.

"But it's good to be back on a team that's going to contend and competes hard."

After being released by the Brandon Wheat Kings, the left-winger was selected by the Cougars in the Oct. 15 overage cut-down draft.

Talk about a roller-coaster ride -- going from the Memorial Cup hosts to the worst team in the WHL to the top-ranked team in the league in a matter of weeks.

"It was nice to get a win, that's for sure," Cowan said with a chuckle after helping the Hitmen beat the Oil Kings 3-2. "I haven't won in awhile."

Cowan, whose Hitmen host the Everett Silvertips tonight (7 p.m. at the Dome, Fan 960), was selected as the team's unsung hero in the Oil Kings tilt by his teammates after registering four shots on net.

And he was smiling from ear-to-ear after going from the outhouse to the penthouse.

"I was treated very well there, but they're just struggling to win," said the 6-foot-1, 196-pounder, who suited up for seven games with the Wheaties and six with the Cougars before making his debut with the Hitmen Wednesday.

"To come to a place like this, where that's what it's all about, it's definitely nice."

The Hartney, Man., product said he was familiar with the Hitmen after last year's playoffs.

The Hitmen swept Cowan's Wheat Kings out of last spring's Eastern Conference final -- and he's still hearing about it.

"Some of those goals from last year's playoffs still haunt me, like (Michael) Stone's wraparound and (Ian) Schultzie's goal in overtime.

"I'm sure they'll razz me a bit about it, but that comes with the territory, I guess."

SCOTT.FISHER@SUNMEDIA.CA


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