Sunday, November 4, 2012

Craig Kowalski

 3 NHL Games

March 13, 2007 Carolina Hurricanes vs Florida Panthers. 3-1 win.
March 15, 2007 Carolina Hurricanes vs New Jersey Devils. 2-3 loss.
March 17, 2007 Carolina Hurricanes vs New Jersey Devils. 7-2 win.


   Craig Kowalski was drafted by the Carolina Hurricanes in the eight round of the 2000 NHL entry draft. He was signed to a three-year, entry level contract after four seasons with Northern Michigan University.

   Craig Kowalski was Carolina's third goalie during their 2006 Stanley Cup run. He did not dress during any games but was on hand in case of emergency and practised with the team on a regular basis.  The Hurricane's felt his contribution was worthy of a Stanley Cup ring, engraved with his name. "Every kid that's ever played hockey wanted to have that, and now I've gotten one," said Kowalski.  "Winning a championship on any level's hard, put this is the pinnacle. The whole reason we play hockey is to win the thing and I got to witness it first hand, and hopefully I'll get to win it someday first hand." (1)

    Kowalski's short stint as an NHL backup goaltender came the following season when Cam Ward suffered leg laceration during a game on March 11th, 2007. Kolwalski dressed as backup to John Grahame during the 3 games that Ward missed.

   Kowalski was named a ECHL All-Star in 2007/08 but found his fame in Britain. He won the EIHL Challenge Cup Championship four consecutive years, 2011-2014, with the Nottingham Panthers. 

  • Wore #50 with Carolina Hurricanes
Career stats from
Born Jan 15 1981 -- Clinton Township, MI 
Height 5.08 -- Weight 190 
Drafted by Carolina Hurricanes - round 8 #235 overall 2000 NHL Entry Draft

RS ScoringRS Goalie StatsPO Scoring
1997-98Compuware AmbassadorsNAHL100
1998-99Compuware AmbassadorsNAHL4834
1999-00Compuware AmbassadorsNAHL49510
2000-01Northern Michigan UniversityCCHA1902107849002.737844720.906
2001-02Northern Michigan UniversityCCHA38112227189002.35241129650.916
2002-03Northern Michigan UniversityCCHA38042213104002.82201629520.902
2003-04Northern Michigan UniversityCCHA370093042.71174410450.918
2004-05Florida EverbladesECHL2718150372112.8713666980.906602
2005-06Lowell Lock MonstersAHL2000110062003.3861135900.905---
2005-06Florida EverbladesECHL1804103048112.8012605200.915---
2006-07Florida EverbladesECHL461142715118532.612913413250.9181620
2007-08Gwinnett GladiatorsECHL442102574100122.332911212010.923702
2007-08Syracuse CrunchAHL4002048012.36210770.906---
2008-09Phoenix RoadrunnersECHL3130179887212.90171319800.918---
2008-09Norfolk AdmiralsAHL111260129202.896303330.920---
2010-11Nottingham PanthersEIHL461142644121042.753210312500.912
2011-12Nottingham PanthersEIHL5244
2012-13Nottingham PanthersEIHL50014287894001.96418111150.922400
2013-14Nottingham PanthersEIHL27312156373022.80121237390.910
2014-15Nottingham PanthersEIHL21010117545232.3012615040.918

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