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Spokane Chiefs teammates Jared Cowen and Tyler Johnson will be rivals tonight in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, when Cowen and Canada take on Johnson and the United States for the gold medal at the world junior hockey championships. Canada, the five-time defending champion, overcame a 4-2 deficit with 10 minutes to go in regulation on New Year’s Eve to beat the U.S. 5-4 in a shootout in a final preliminary round game.
Jordan Eberle of the Regina Pats scored a goal and set up four others, including three by Brandon McMillan of the Kelowna Rockets, as Canada downed Switzerland 6-0 on Monday in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, for its second straight shutout at the World Junior Hockey Championships. Jake Allen of the Montreal Juniors made 15 saves and has needed to stop just 25 shots in two games to register a pair of shutouts. Canada beat Latvia 16-0 in its opener.
As if getting drafted in the top 10 of the National Hockey League draft wasn’t enough of a dream come true, Spokane Chiefs standout Jared Cowen got his wish of getting selected by a Canadian team. The 18-year old defenseman from Saskatchewan was taken ninth overall by the Ottawa Senators as the NHL held the first round of the 2009 draft in Montreal Friday night.
In a perfect world, Jared Cowen would find out on Friday his future in professional hockey would be based in Canada. However, in a perfect world Cowen would not be recovering from major surgery on his right knee that cut short his second season with the Spokane Chiefs.
Thursday’s news, as expected, wasn’t good for Jared Cowen or the Spokane Chiefs. The 17-year-old defenseman – Spokane’s No. 1 overall pick in the 2006 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft and the seventh-ranked North American skater, according to NHL’s Central Scouting – will undergo reconstructive surgery on his right knee, which will sideline him for the rest of the season.
Spokane Chief defenseman Jared Cowen will have reconstructive surgery on his right knee and will miss the remainder of the season.