|Ottawa native Corey Cowick aims to make a bigger impact with the Binghamton Senators in 2012-13 (Andre Ringuette/Freestyle Photography/OSHC).
Corey Cowick knows there's a new man in town.
And with that thought in mind, the Ottawa native and former 67's junior standout hopes to quickly make his mark in the eyes of Luke Richardson, who takes over head coaching duties with the Binghamton Senators this fall.
After shutting between the American Hockey League and the Elmira Jackals of the East Coast Hockey League the last two seasons, the 23-year-old forward hopes to play a bigger role with the Ottawa Senators' primary affiliate in Binghamton, N.Y.
"I really want to contribute a lot more," said Cowick, sixth-round Senators pick (160th overall) in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft who totalled five goals and 11 points in 53 AHL games last season. "I want to go down there and just build up Luke's trust in me. Make sure that at any point in the game, he doesn't feel uncomfortable having me out there.
"I'm sure I'll have more short-term goals as the season goes on but right now, it's basically (about) becoming a better hockey player every day."
Earlier today, Cowick did his part to help some youngsters with their game when he made a guest appearance at the Ottawa Senators Summer Hockey Camp at the Bell Sensplex. During a break in the action, he took a few minutes to share some thoughts as part of ottawasenators.com's 'Ten Questions' feature.
Q: Talk about the importance of being a role model for the kids at this summer camp.
A: I think it's really important, especially being a kid from Ottawa. I remember going to Bleeker Stereo when I was a kid and seeing (former Senator) Alexei Yashin and that was the highlight of my childhood. Even if it's one of the guys who aren't established yet in the NHL ... you see a guy from the area that's kind of doing pretty good and it can really light a fire under some kid.
Q: Your favourite way to relax in the summer?
A: I've got my own cottage now, so I just like to sit by the water, drown a few worms and just relax up there.
Q: Your guilty eating pleasure?
A: I don't really have too many. I'm a pretty good eater, to tell the truth. But my dad makes some mean nachos and I dabble in those. That's probably my guilty pleasure, I guess.
Q: Batman or Spider-man?
A: I never really got into comic books as a kid, but I guess I'll say Batman. I really want to see that movie — I hear it's supposed to be good. But he doesn't really have any special power, so maybe Spider-man would be cooler.
Q: What superpower would you like to have?
A: I think I'd like to be able to fly. The bus trips in the AHL are kind of long sometimes, so it'd be nice to throw my gear on the bus, fly to Adirondack and meet the team there.
Q: Your best draft day memory?
A: For sure, seeing my name on the ticker (Cowick watched the draft at home). My dad jumped out of the chair, and I've never seen my mom go from smiling to crying that fast. It was just happy tears. It was also pretty cool seeing Ottawa next to your name, and not in the OHL.
Q: Your favourite music?
A: I like country music. Lately, I've been listening to a lot of Jake Owen and Brantley Gilbert. I saw (Gilbert) in a concert in Binghamton last winter and he was really good. I listen to a lot of the Canadian guys, too.
Q: Your favourite meal?
A: I have to go back to mom and dad's cooking — I was pretty blessed as a kid. Dad makes a mean steak and mom has these potatoes that go with them that are really, really good.
Q: Which Summer Olympics sport would you like to try?
A: I'd probably like to try the decathlon, because you get to do a lot of different sports. That would be fun to do, because you get to dabble in a lot of different things. I'd love to try a triathlon, but that's way too long swimming and I'm not a very good swimmer. I have a lot of respect for all those sports.
Q: If you could trade place with one Summer Olympian currently in London, who would you choose?
A: I'd probably go with (100-metre gold medallist) Usain Bolt. Any time you can jog and (still) be the best in the world at something, that's pretty special. He's a pretty gifted athlete.