Dream come true for Cowick

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:26 AM ET

It was worth the wait for Corey Cowick.

The 67’s graduate and Ottawa native couldn’t contain his excitement Thursday after agreeing to a entry-level contract with the hometown Senators only five weeks before the start of training camp.

Cowick, 21, selected by the Senators in the sixth round of the 2009 NHL draft, was forced to wait a little longer than he expected to sign a deal, but that didn’t dampen his excitement.

Cowick is the first 67’s graduate the Senators have both drafted and signed.

“I’m smiling here and I’m enjoying every second,” said Cowick. “This is a dream come true in every way. You grow up, you go to games at Scotiabank Place and you dream about playing for the hometown team.”

Cowick has gotten a first-hand look at the way the Senators operate. After suffering a shoulder injury Aug. 30 in an exhibition game, he did his rehab with the club’s training staff.

Not only has strength and conditioning coach Chris Schwarz been a big help, Cowick has spent time in the gym with a lot of the players. He isn’t going to be walking into a room full of strangers next month.

“Working with them has helped me a ton,” said Cowick, who returned to the 67’s lineup in January. “Just seeing the way they approach the game and being able to use their resources to recover.

“I’ve been able to learn a lot about it takes to become a pro. You walk into the workout room with guys like (Matt) Carkner, Chris Neil, Chris Kelly and Shean Donovan. Guys like that who have done their time and are professional athletes.

“These guys are good NHL players and you see the way they work hard every day. If I want to have one of their spots someday, I have to work three times as hard just to get there. It really helped me out a lot with my mindset of becoming a pro and acting like a pro.”

It’s not going to be easy for Cowick to win a spot on the roster, but never say never. He has had success because of his hard work and determination. That’s not going to change at the NHL level.

“I’m so excited about this. This is so huge for me,” said Cowick. “I know that a lot of people have me ready to start the year in Binghamton, but maybe I can go in there and show what I can do and get myself a chance. You never know. Whatever happens, happens.”

67’s GM Brian Kilrea is thrilled for Cowick.

“I know it’s not easy when you’re sitting there waiting for a contract and then you wonder if you are going to be signed,” said Kilrea. “I feel good for Corey because he’s a guy who plays with a lot of heart. You know he’s going to go in there and be determined.”

The Senators also signed D Geoff Kinrade to a one-year, two-way deal. Ottawa is expected to name a replacement for Binghamton coach Don Nachbaur Friday.


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