The Kitmart Dundee Stars are delighted to announce the re-signing of British forward Jordan Cownie for the 2019/20 campaign.
The Dundonian will return for a third year with his boyhood club and head coach Omar Pacha was delighted to tie up the 23-year old for another season.
In the last campaign, the centreman made 68 appearances and netted 16 goals, as well as creating 21 more.
Cownie also won the Elite League’s Young British Player of the Year award for the 2018/19 season and was named EIHL Player of the Month for November and Player of the Week for November 25.
After leaving the Dundee Stars youth setup, Cownie went on to have spells with two other Elite League clubs.
His time with Nottingham Panthers seen him play in six Champions Hockey League group stage matches and win the Ehrhardt Conference trophy, before joining Braehead Clan.
In four EIHL campaigns he has iced in 133 matches and scored 26 goals, while assisting on 41 others.
The Scot also has 25 caps for Team GB at Under 18 and Under 20 levels and has totalled 34 points for his country.
He was part of the side that won the Gold Medal in the Under 20 World Junior Championships Division 2A.
After confirming that Cownie would return for next season, Pacha said: “Jordan is a player that I really wanted back from last year.
“He was one of the younger and better Brits in the league, so it was important for us to keep him and also I think he still has a lot to prove.
“This year we gave him a great opportunity to play and a great opportunity to succeed and I thought he did well but we are expecting bigger and better things from Jordan next season.”
“For me it was an easy decision, I have worked with Jordan for two years, so I wanted him back for a third year to see how he can improve even more.”
Pacha is be delighted to have the best young British player back in his ranks and he added:
“For him it is vital to get that ice time and we can offer that here, unfortunately if Jordan went to another team, maybe he wouldn’t be as exposed and he has a great opportunity to keep pushing on with his career too.
“We want him to improve, we looked at other Brits in the league and we looked at Jordan and you are kind of banking on Jordan to keep improving on a weekly and yearly basis.
“He is one of those younger Brits still and as I said to him and I will say it publicly, he needs to use next year as a huge opportunity to become one of the standout British players and not just one of the young Brits.
“I think he has that ability to do that.”
After committing to another campaign with Stars, Cownie said: “It is great to be back for a third year and I am really excited for this upcoming season.
“We finished really strong last year and after a few good chats with Omar and obviously getting something sorted, I think it is exciting the way the club is heading.
“I definitely want to be a part of it.”
Discussing his past two years with his hometown team, Jordan added: “It has been great, every game the fans are not only behind the team but they seem to have a special spot for me as well, so it is kind of nice to be the hometown guy.
“I am looking forward to having a bigger role on the team this year and helping to push it in the right direction.”
After picking up the award for being the best young British player in the league last season, Cownie believes his game will only improve with another year on Tayside.
He said: “That was a huge award for me, a lot of hard work went into last year.
“I am happy with the way my game is developing in Dundee and I think another year here will do only wonders for my game.
“The club is going and I am going and it’s a good time to play for Dundee.”
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Jordan is the second player to join the 2019/20 roster and is the first British player to sign up for next season.
Cownie will again wear #14 for the Stars.
To see Jordan’s career stats on Elite Prospects click HERE.