Meet your idols. Every session there are guest appearances by some of the NHLs best hockey players.
Scarborough, Ontario native Wayne Cowley bounced around the minor pro leagues before he took to the Edmonton Oilers crease during the 1993-94 season. Cowley went from Colgate University to the International Hockey League where he spent parts of three seasons with the Salt Lake Golden Eagles, the minor league affiliate of the Calgary Flames, who had signed him to a free agent deal. This stint was followed by stops in the East Coast Hockey League, the American Hockey League and two tours of duty in Britain. In 1993 Cowley signed a free agent contract with the Edmonton Oilers, who gave him his NHL opportunity.
"Hockey teaches you a lot of things," said Cowley, who played an NHL game, in 1993-94, making 35 saves between the pipes for the Edmonton Oilers. "It teaches you how to deal with people and with situations."
James Richmond joins the Tigers following a very successful four-year term with the Georgetown Raiders as Head Coach and General Manager, posting an 0.811 winning record over his term. JR was the OJHL Coach of the Year in 2008-09, and Coach of OJHL All-Star teams in the 2008-09 and 2009-10 seasons. He was also an assistant coach of Team Canada East in the 2009 CJHL World Junior A Challenge.
A graduate of the University of New Hampshire through a D1 scholarship, JR captained the Wildcats for two seasons. During his career at UNH he was awarded Most Valuable Player, Best Defensive Forward, and Top Rookie, finishing ninth in all-time scoring for the Wildcats.
JR coached and played in Denmark, Germany, and Holland in the European Elite Leagues before returning to North America to play in the CHL and OHA Senior Leagues.
The Tigers are excited to establish a strong cornerstone to our overall development strategy for our players; developing players for the next level, beit Major Junior, University, or Pro ranks "We chose JR for both his experience on the ice as well as his proven track record of player development", said Barry Quinn, Vice President of the Aurora Tigers.