Cowick's Sens 'dream' coming true

Ottawa native Corey Cowick is looking forward to playing for the Senators in this weekend’s rookie...

Ottawa native Corey Cowick is looking forward to playing for the Senators in this weekend’s rookie tournament in London. (TONY CALDWELL/QMI Agency)

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:39 PM ET

LONDON - The simple move will be one Corey Cowick has dreamed about for a lifetime.

When the Senators’ prospect reaches up to grab his No. 54 jersey for warmup sometime around 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the John Labatt Centre, he’ll stop for a second just to enjoy the moment and think about what it all means.

Cowick, 21, an Ottawa native selected No. 160 overall in the sixth round of the 2009 draft, grew up with a goal of playing for the Senators someday. Now, he’s going to get his chance.

Sure, it might be a rookie tournament in a rink where he had plenty of experience with the OHL’s 67’s, but if Cowick’s dream is going to become reality it has to start somewhere.

Listening to the 6-foot-2, 200-pound winger, it’s not hard to realize just suiting up against the Penguins, Blackhawks and Maple Leafs newcomers is going to mean a lot after he signed a three-year entry-level deal with the club last month.

“It’s definitely going to give me goose bumps to put on that jersey for the first time,” said Cowick. “I’ve put on this practice jersey a few times, sometimes it’s all white, but it’s different when you have the real colours.

“I’m going to get the goose bumps before the game because it’s a team I grew up loving and watching every night. It’s almost like a dream come true. But if I sit back and think of where I am, that’s going to prevent me from going forward. I’m going to enjoy this, but I really want to wear this jersey more than one time a year.”

Cowick has one goal this weekend.

“I just want to turn more heads,” said Cowick. “At development camp I think I did a good job of establishing myself as a player in the organization. I just want to continue that and take it day-by-day.

“I want to get in an exhibition game, so I want to prove myself enough at this rookie tournament so that I don’t give them a choice. I want to make them have to put me in an exhibition game and then go from there.”

The Senators want Cowick, who is expected to play with the club’s AHL affiliate in Binghamton this season, to use his physical attributes to make a difference.

“Down the road, he’s got a big spot in our organization,” said Senators director of player personnel Pierre Dorion. “We see him as a shutdown kind of guy who is going to play some important minutes against the other teams’ top lines in the future or even near future.

“What he’s got to work on is just executing quicker and moving the puck quicker. If he’s able to do things at a quicker pace, I think he’ll have a realistic chance of making our team.”

Cowick plans to play the way he usually does.

“You definitely want to do your best and sometimes that means guys try to do more than they normally would,” said Cowick.

“For me, everything stays the same. It doesn’t matter where I am. I’m going to go out and hit as many people as I can. I don’t want to try to do too much and hinder my game.”

bruce.garrioch@sunmedia.ca


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