“Kowal is a good sized player who found his rhythm in the later stages of the season”
At 6-foot, 170 pounds, Cayden Kowal is a point guard for the North Bay Trappers AAA U16s.
The Trappers big forward isn’t afraid to go to the net as he has registered 5 goals and 6 assists for 11 points in 17 games so far this year in the Great North Under-18 Midget League.
“I think I’m a very open-minded player as I think of my teammates first and I’m a passer in the neutral zone and in the offensive zone,” Kowal noted.
The 10th grade student from the Saint-Joseph-Scollard building is also proud of his work along the boards.
“I like to play in the corner, that’s where I’m most in the game. I like to collect the pucks and give them to the guy in front of the net and always give them chances to score.”
Kowal continues to improve as he continues to grow as an athlete.
“Of course, since I was growing up, my confidence has grown, so I’ve been able to enjoy doing things that I wasn’t able to do a year ago, like driving or being the tallest on the ice. and I really notice that,” he said.
Kowal is also a multi-sport athlete capable of excelling on the basketball court and on the football field.
“I’m still running, I’m still training and it really comes across on the ice. People can tell I have the team spirit which I always bring into the dressing room and use that with the boys,” Kowal said.
Kowal hopes all his hard work will pay off in time for the 2022 OHL Priority Selection.
“I would probably say I’m a different type of player like if you look at me at first I’m not the type of player you notice but if you really look at me I always look out for my team mates and I’m a very open-minded,” he added.
Some OHL scouts notice Kowal’s play; especially after the recent COVID-19 lockdown.
“Kowal is a good-sized player who found his groove in the latter stages of the season,” an OHL scout said.
“Cayden plays the game with good pace and has the ability to generate offense using either a quality pass or presenting a good outing on an effective shot. Kowal is part of an exciting young group with the U16 Trappers team who have been an absolute delight to watch this year in the Great North Midget League.
“This is a team that should be considered strong contenders down the stretch and one that I expect a few names to be called in the 2022 OHL Draft.”
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