We’re proud to present our interview with Evan Cowley! Goalie for the Wichita Falls Wildcats in the NAHL. He’s draft eligible for this year, and is projected to go in the middle rounds. This is the first time i’ve ever interviewed a goalie because there’s a saying in hockey. Goalies are either wild (Bryzgalov and his fear of bears), or super boring. I was hoping Evan wasn’t a super boring guy who would make this unbearable. Luckily, he’s a fun guy to talk to. So make sure to follow him on Twitter @Ectendy1. Follow me on Twitter: @alsonlee91 @hkyblogger and like us on Facebook here: http://www.facebook.com/NotYourAverageHockeyBlog . Without further to do, here is our interview with Evan Cowley.
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So many of our readers might not know who you are. So tell us about yourself. Maybe something cool about yourself?
I am 17 years old, 6’4” and have bright red hair. I was born in Cranbrook, B.C., but moved to Colorado when I was five years old. That’s where I have spent my life up to this point. A cool thing about me is that I love music, and I have played the drums for 5 years. I find it has helped my coordination a lot over the years and playing them is a part of my pre-game routine.
A little bit about your past before high school. Did you play any other sports besides hockey?
Yes, I was a very athletic kid. I won state championships in youth baseball as a catcher and soccer as a forward, and I played tennis, too. However, hockey was always my thing, I’ve loved it more than anything for pretty much my whole life.
How old were you when your first put on the goalie pads?
I got my first set of pads for street/pond hockey when I was five years old, and started club when I was eight.
Did you ever consider playing another position besides goaltending?
Ah no not really! From the moment I found hockey (when I was one or two), I have always wanted to be in net. I was the kid who sat in front of the coffee table with pillows on each leg, begging his dad to shoot on him as Hockey Night in Canada was on in the background. I loved studying the pros and reenacting their saves. I tried to emulate them.
What type of goalie are you? (Hybrid, butterfly, stand-up, etc.)
I would fit under the category of a Butterfly goalie I think. I seal the ice well, while using my size to fill the top of the net. I use blocking and reacting techniques, which is kind of unique. Most butterfly goalies prefer one or the other. But in the end I just try to do whatever it takes to stop the puck!
Is there anyone you try to mimic when you play goalie?
Dan Cloutier, and Luongo were two of my favourite goalies growing up cause the Canucks were/are my favourite team. Now-a-days I love watching Price, Rinne, Schnieder, and Smith cause I play similar styles to them. I’m “self-taught” so everything I have learned has come from watching the big guys.
What’s a day in the life of Evan Cowley?
Wake up round 8 am, eat a quick breakfast then head to the rink.
Skate for about an hour and a half to two hours with the team. Some times I’ll stay on extra time to work with the teams goalie coach, Billy Pye. When I get home I will do school work, watch hockey highlights, drum, eat, or just hangout until around 2 when I go to the gym for a few hours. I also do Pilates twice a week.
During the season, what do you miss most about home?
I would say I miss my friends, family, and pets the most. I live in a great place back home and its tough being away from the great people there.
What do you do in your spare time?
Drum, read, play some video games with the boys, watch movies, and stretch.
Most of our readers will never be drafted. So take us back to being drafted in the 3rd round by the Wildcats. What was that like? Can you maybe relive that day for us?
Well the Wildcats had been talking to me for a few weeks before and leading up to draft day it looked like they were going to draft me. That day I was following it on twitter and I didn’t expect to see my name that early on. Paul called me soon after and gave me the lowdown on the camp, the team, and the city of Wichita Falls. It was super exciting just to be able to participate in the draft but to be taken that high, as a goalie, was unbelievable. Afterward we had a big family dinner to celebrate the good news. It was a great day!
Being the only NAHL player participating in the inaugural All-American Prospects Game, what was that like?
Participating in the AAPG was without a doubt the greatest hockey experience of my life. Just to be in the same room as Scotty Bowman, Rob McClannahan, Phil Housley, and all of the hockey royalty that was present was unreal. Then you get into the locker room with the best seventeen and eighteen year old hockey players that the US has to offer, while representing your league. Words literally cannot describe the feeling.
Was it intimidating to be around the other players during the game, with players such as possible 1st Overall pick Seth Jones skating around you?
It wasn’t super intimidating because I felt like I deserved and belonged in the room with them, but I did feel the pressure of performance. It really made me want to put my best foot forward to show the scouts, coaches, my family, friends, and really myself that I could play and do well against these top notch players.
This year is your draft year. Let’s say I’m the GM of a hockey team, and I ask you, “Why should I draft you and not some other goalie?” What would you say?
I’m big, athletic, passionate, driven, and will do whatever it takes to make a difference in your organization. I will set a positive example with my strong work ethic because I strive to be better every single day. Plus if you don’t draft me you, will have to problem of trying to score on me for the next 15-20 years, which will be no simple task.
This is my first time interviewing a goalie so I’ve never had a chance to ask anyone this. What’s it like stopping a puck with your mask?
It’s not fun. Your head rings for a while afterward and depending on where it hits you, it can hurt a bit. However, my mask is one of my favourite pieces of equipment, because without it, I don’t think I would be ballsy enough to be a goalie.
In your entire hockey career, what has been the highest point so far?
All American Prospects Game
How about your lowest point?
It was the game in Keni River, Alaska this season. I had the flu, my back-up was suspended, and my team didn’t play very well in front of me. I let in 9 goals and was rock bottom this season. I learned from that feeling and never want to feel like that again.
How did you persevere from that?
The only thing you can do is learn from it. Like I said before, it’s a feeling you never want to experience again and from then on I was determined to be better.
Every hockey team does pranks. There’s no secret. I doubt that your team is different. What’s the best prank the guys have done this year?
The funniest thing I’ve seen this year was a couple of guys got a ton of saran wrap and covered a players car after a morning practice. It took him 20 minutes to get it all off!
Do you have any advice for any aspiring goalies?
As a goalie, the only thing you can control is how hard you work. I grew up as a AA player, up until last year, because I had no interest in playing AAA. Which meant I was on my own for instruction and was essentially a target in practice. But I was always the hardest worker and made sure I got better everyday and its because of that that I am where I am today.
Do you have any recommendations of people who I should interview?
Stolarz. He went through a similar situation as I am last year, and just switched from the NCAA to the OHL. He’s a great guy too.
I like to end off my interviews with a random question that has nothing to do with hockey. You can have one super power. What is it and why?
Being able to fly. Who wouldn’t want to fly!?
Thank you for your time. It’s much appreciated. Good luck this season. I look forward to seeing you get drafted, and one day seeing you being an All-Star at the NHL level. This isn’t some generic ending, but I truly do believe you have what it takes to make it into the show.
No problem! Happy to help.