Bowen looks set to make Moose Jaw move

Chilliwack's Ryan Bowen is making the leap to major junior with the Western Hockey League's Moose Jaw Warriors.

It looks like Ryan Bowen will be going the Western Hockey League route after all.

One week after being named to the Chilliwack Chiefs captaincy group, the local kid has gone to Moose Jaw and wowed the Warriors.

The 17 year old forward has dressed for five preseason games, posting four goals and three assists.

He had two goals and two helpers in a Sept. 5 game against the Regina Pats and, after getting stronger and faster during offseason training, looks physically ready to compete at the major junior level.

“He’s a signed player and they made it clear to him that they really wanted him this year,” said Chiefs head coach/general manager Jason Tatarnic. “To be honest, he’s ready for it. The more I watched him the more I figured by Christmas time he’d be on his way anyways.”

Bowen was Moose Jaw’s fifth round bantam draft pick (94th ova) in 2013 and appeared in two regular season games last year.

In 53 games with the Chiefs, Bowen collected 10 goals and 28 points and the plan was for him to put in one more season in his hometown.

“I don’t think they were prepared for the idea that he was ready to make this step, and I think once they realized how much he improved over the summer, you can’t fault him for going,” Tatarnic said. “It’d be nice to have him but we understood eventually he was going to go.”

“But hey, if he’s a kid who ends up being a National Hockey League draft pick, we played a part in his development.”

Bowen was to wear an A for the Chiefs, and Tatarnic wasn’t ready to name a replacement when asked.

“It’ll be someone, at some point,” he said with a smile.

 

— One forward out and another in as the Chiefs bring back Eric Benshadle.

Actually, ‘bringing back’ may technically not be the correct term for a player who was recruited over the summer but never arrived for camp.

One of the Connecticut kids, Benshadle opted to try his luck in the USHL.

He was unsuccessful and Tatarnic’s expecting him to arrive in Chilliwack on Saturday.

Just Posted

Raeya Evie Duncan was the 100th baby born at Chilliwack General Hospital for the month of May. She is seen here with her parents Alysha Williams and Andrew Duncan on June 12, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Baby boom in Chilliwack as record number of infants born at CGH in May

‘COVID babies are coming out,’ says dad of 100th baby born at Chilliwack General Hospital last month

Syringes prepared with Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination site in Long Beach, Calif., Friday, March 5, 2021. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Walk-ins welcome at upcoming G.W. Secondary vaccine clinic

Second consecutive Saturday Fraser Health has scheduled a same-day clinic in a Chilliwack school

Migrating sockeye in the Fraser River August 7, 2007. (Fisheries and Oceans Canada)
First Nations, commercial, and recreational harvesters join forces to save Fraser River fish

‘We have to work together to rebuild these stocks while there is still time,’ says delegate

Vancouver courthouse. (Photo: Tom Zytaruk)
Man loses bid to appeal conviction for 1999 rape at Abbotsford music festival

James Redden, 53, formerly of Nanaimo, was found guilty in 2019 following six-day trial

Dozens of demonstrators gathered in March at the Hope Station House, showing support for preserving the 1916 building. (Photo/Christian Ward)
New reports breathe life into efforts to save the Hope Station House

The documents were presented to District of Hope Council at a meeting June 14

People watch a car burn during a riot following game 7 of the NHL Stanley Cup final in downtown Vancouver, B.C., in this June 15, 2011 photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Geoff Howe
10 years ago: Where were you during the 2011 Vancouver Stanley Cup Riots?

Smashed-in storefronts, looting, garbage can fires and overturned cars some of the damage remembered today

(Black Press Media file)
Dirty money: Canadian currency the most germ-filled in the world, survey suggests

Canadian plastic currency was found to contain 209 bacterial cultures

(pixabay file shot)
B.C. ombudsperson labels youth confinement in jail ‘unsafe,’ calls for changes

Review states a maximum of 22 hours for youth, aged 12 from to 17, to be placed in solitary

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Eleonore Alamillo-Laberge, 6, reads a book in Ottawa on Monday, June 12, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Parents will need to fight ‘COVID learning slump’ over summer: B.C. literacy experts

Parents who play an active role in educating their children this summer can reverse the slump by nearly 80%, says Janet Mort

The border crossing on Highway 11 in Abbotsford heading south (file)
Western premiers call for clarity, timelines on international travel, reopening rules

Trudeau has called Thursday meeting, premiers say they expect to leave that meeting with a plan

The B.C. government’s vaccine booking website is busy processing second-dose appointments, with more than 76 per cent of adults having received a first dose. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
B.C.’s COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations stable for Tuesday

108 new confirmed cases, 139 in hospital, 39 in intensive care

A worker, at left, tends to a customer at a cosmetics shop amid the COVID-19 pandemic Thursday, May 20, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Half of cosmetics sold in Canada, U.S. contain toxic chemicals: study

Researchers found that 56% of foundations and eye products contain high levels of fluorine

Most Read