By David Elford
The Rayside Balfour Canadians are proud to announce that stand-out goaltender David Bowen will be remaining in the Sudbury area and joining the Laurentian University Voyageurs’ Men’s Hockey team to further his career and education next fall. Bowen has spent parts of three seasons with Rayside, holding a career goals-against average of 3.02 and .906 save percentage with the team. David possesses a very impressive junior hockey resume which includes time in the NOJHL, OJHL, QMJHL and OHL. He was also an integral part of the Canadians run to the NOJHL final in the 2018-19 season.
Throughout his time with the Canadians, David has been an exemplary player both on the ice and off it in the community. He has balanced school and sport, taking classes at Laurentian University while playing junior hockey. He has been a vocal leader in the dressing room and his work ethic on the ice has been undeniable. David has been dependable and has given the Canadians a chance to win every game he’s played in.
Bowen is very excited about his opportunity to play at the next level and is very grateful for his time with the Canadians. “I’ve had the opportunity in Rayside to grow not only as a goalie but also as a person. I have made some friends for life and I will miss seeing my teammates everyday. There are some characters in that room that will never be forgotten. I am thrilled to be committed to Laurentian University for next season and I can’t wait to get started in the fall.”
Voyageurs’ Coach Craig Duncanson is also excited to be bringing Bowen on board, saying: “David has already shown he is a successful student-athlete taking university classes while playing junior hockey in Rayside. David has proven he is a very capable goaltender and we are excited to bring a player like him into our program.” Rayside Canadians GM Jeff Forsyth adds, “throughout his junior career, David has faced adversity and always persevered finding success. Watching David record a shutout Feb 23, 2020 versus the #1 ranked team in the CHL – the Ottawa 67’s – is a special memory and will live with me for a long time!” “David is a high-quality individual and a great example for young people to stay humble, and be willing to accept new challenges in a professional and respectful manner. This a testament to his parents Jannine and Joe Bowen” adds Forsyth.
Canadians’ Managing Director Blaine Smith adds, “It was a pleasure being with the Wolves when Barclay Branch drafted David into the OHL in 2016. David had a number of exceptional performances as an OHL goaltender and he proved that he was more than capable on a number of occasions. I’m very confident that he will flourish at the CIS level with Laurentian University Voyageurs. Even though David deserved to be playing at a higher level, he always remained positive and supportive of his team and teammates and for that, we will always respect him for his leadership and dedication to our Jr. A franchise.”