Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Jeff Cowan
Though never drafted, Jeff Cowan worked his way up to the NHL's Calgary Flames in just three and a half years.

Cowan left the OHL's Guelph Storm and joined the Barrie Colts as an over-age player in 1995-96 then signed on with the Flames as a free agent. His professional career began in 1996-97 and that rookie year was spent split between the Roanoke Express of the ECHL and Calgary's farm club in the AHL, the St. John Flames. After paying his dues and turning heads with his solid work ethic and tenacity for another two and a half seasons Cowan was finally given an opportunity to strut his stuff with the Calgary Flames. In 13 games with Calgary he chipped in four goals and an assist.

The following year his hard working style and willingness to drive to the opposition's net and take the punishment required to stay there earned him a regular job with the Flames. In his first season spent entirely as an NHL player in 2000-01, Cowan scored nine goals and 13 points in 51 games.

In 2001-02 he was a part of the Flames early-season resurgence that saw them explode out of the gates and pile up several wins in the early part of the schedule. However when the Flames play began to slip General Manager Craig Button made a trade to try and shake things up. That deal sent Cowanand a prospect to the Atlanta Thrashers in exchange for defenseman Petr Buzek.

Upon his arrival in Atlanta, Cowan continued to play a strong game and spent the better part of three seasons with the Thrashers before being acquired by the Los Angeles Kings at the 2004 trade deadline. He went on to spend 67 games over two seasons with the Kings before he was picked up on waivers by Vancouver in December, 2006.

In the summer of 2009, Cowan signed on with the Buffalo Sabres as an unrestricted free-agent.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1992-93 Guelph Holody Platers ON-Jr.B 45 8 8 16 22
1993-94 Guelph Holody Platers ON-Jr.B 43 30 26 56 96
1993-94 Guelph Storm OHL 17 1 0 1 5
1994-95 Guelph Storm OHL 51 10 7 17 14 14 1 1 2 0
1995-96 Barrie Colts OHL 66 38 14 52 29 5 1 2 3 6
1996-97 Saint John Flames AHL 22 5 5 10 8
1996-97 Roanoke Express ECHL 47 21 13 34 42
1997-98 Saint John Flames AHL 69 15 13 28 23 +9 13 4 1 5 14
1998-99 Saint John Flames AHL 71 7 12 19 117 -18 4 0 1 1 10
1999-00 Calgary Flames NHL 13 4 1 5 16 +2
1999-00 Saint John Flames AHL 47 15 10 25 77 -5
2000-01 Calgary Flames NHL 51 9 4 13 74 -8
2001-02 Calgary Flames NHL 19 1 0 1 40 -3
2001-02 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 38 4 1 5 50 -11
2002-03 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 66 3 5 8 115 -15
2003-04 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 58 9 15 24 68 +2
2003-04 Los Angeles Kings NHL 13 2 1 3 24 -1
2004-05
2005-06 Los Angeles Kings NHL 46 8 1 9 73 -8
2006-07 Los Angeles Kings NHL 21 0 2 2 32 -1
2006-07 Vancouver Canucks NHL 42 7 3 10 93 +4 10 2 0 2 22
2007-08 Vancouver Canucks NHL 46 0 1 1 110 -5
2008-09 Peoria Rivermen AHL 71 5 10 15 94 -11 7 1 1 2 0
2009-10 Portland Pirates AHL 62 18 13 31 57 +3 4 0 0 0 0
2010-11 Toronto Marlies AHL 47 8 8 16 23 -12
2011-12 Iserlohn Roosters Germany 51 8 6 14 44 2 0 0 0 0
NHL Totals 413 47 34 81 695 10 2 0 2 22


Signed as a free agent by Calgary, October 2, 1995. Traded to Atlanta by Calgary with the rights to Kurtis Foster for Petr Buzek and Atlanta's 6th round pick (Adam Pardy) in 2004 NHL Draft, December 18, 2001. Traded to Los Angeles by Atlanta for Kip Brennan, March 9, 2004. Claimed on waivers by Vancouver from Los Angeles, December 30, 2006. Signed as a free agent by Buffalo, August 20, 2009. Signed to a PTO (professional tryout) contract by Toronto (AHL), December 14, 2010. Signed as a free agent by Iserlohn (Germany), August 10, 2011.
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