Saturday, 18 February 2017

#HurricanesWatch - Dylan Cozens

Talk about making an impression. Dylan Cozens doesn't seem to know how NOT to do that when he's on the ice. With the Delta Hockey Academy Bantam Prep program, Cozens put up 31 points in 25 games, prompting the Lethbridge Hurricanes Hockey Club to take him with their first-round bantam draft choice in 2016. Not only was Cozens making headlines in Lethbridge for his play, but he was also making headlines in the hockey world for being the first Yukon-born player to be picked in the first round of the WHL bantam draft. No small feat to get the attention of scouts. But he's taking it in stride.

LISTEN: Full interview with Dylan Cozens "Coming from Whitehorse, there's a lot of pressure on me to perform and stuff but I try not to worry about that," Cozens said in a phone call this week. "Just go out there and play my best and just hope I make it all the way." Cozens, who turned 16 earlier this month, has been lighting it up with Yale Hockey Academy this season, picking up 49 points in 24 games (at the time of this) to lead both the team and the CSSHL. He remains modest about his accomplishments so far. "There's no secret really," he said. "I'm just going out there every game, playing my game, not worrying about points or anything, just doing what I have to do." He has some pretty good company at Yale as well, as Medicine Hat Tigers prospect Josh Williams is second on the team and in the league in points. He knows they will have to be enemies at some point. "We just joke about it and compare teams," Cozens smiled. "When we play together, we just both play to the best of our abilities, we use each other." "There's no competition there."

LISTEN: Episode #26 of Canes This Week Listed at 6'2", 159 pounds, the youngster also made a splash with the Hurricanes earlier in the year, scoring a goal in his debut in November against Saskatoon. He played two more games before heading back to school. He's happy with his contributions and looks forward to honing his skills for whenever the 'Canes come calling next. For now, he'll finish out the regular season with Yale in February, then playoffs in March, then the future might depend on how the Hurricanes do during the playoffs. His focus on making an impact with the Hurricanes: "training really hard, practicing and doing everything I need to do to get prepared for next year." You can catch the full interview with Dylan Cozens in the next #CanesThisWeek, coming up on Monday.

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