By Jacob Robinson
Rick Kowalsky has won at nearly every stage of his hockey career, so it came as no surprise to those in his hometown of Simcoe when he did it again.
Earlier this week, the ECHL announced that Kowalsky would receive the 2008-09 John Brophy Award as coach of the year. In his third season behind the team’s bench, Kowalsky led the Trenton Devils to a record of 40-25-7.
Since the award was announced on Monday, the 37-year-old’s phone has been ringing off the hook with people sending their congratulations. Kowalsky even got a call from the man at the top of the big organization.
“I got a call from (New Jersey president and general manager) Lou Lamoriello on Sunday which is nice from the organization standpoint — that was pretty neat,” he said. “I got calls from a lot of people I haven’t heard or seen from in the hockey world in a while that have called to congratulate me in the past couple days. It’s been quite flattering.”