VANCOUVER, British Columbia – The Vancouver Canucks of the National Hockey League announced that they have signed former ECHL forward Jeff Cowan to a two-year contract extension.
The Victoria Salmon Kings are the ECHL affiliate of the Canucks of the NHL and the Manitoba Moose of the American Hockey League.
The 30 year old began his professional career in the ECHL in 1996-97 and had 34 points (21g-13a) in 47 games with Roanoke before being called up to the AHL where he had 10 points (5g-5a) in 22 games for Saint John.
He began 2006-07 with Los Angeles and had two assists and 32 penalty minutes in 21 games before being claimed off waivers by Vancouver on Dec. 30, 2006. The 6-foot-2 and 205-pound Cowan had 10 points (7g-3a) and 93 penalty minutes in 42 regular season games for the Canucks and made his first appearance in the Stanley Cup Playoffs where he had two goals, including the overtime game winner in Game 2 of the Western Conference Semifinals against Stanley Cup champion Anaheim, and 22 penalty minutes in 10 games.
Cowan has played each of the last seven seasons in the NHL where he has 80 points (47g-33a) and 585 penalty minutes in 367 regular season games with Calgary, Atlanta, Los Angeles and Vancouver.