Earlier this month, premier NHL player agency, O2K Worldwide Management Group (“O2K”), announced the hiring of Certified Hockey Professional (“CHP”) candidate, Dave Cowan, as Manager of Player Development.
Cowan brings extensive experience in the game, both on and off the ice, to O2K. After a successful career as a hockey player, which included four years in the NCAA with Robert Morris University, stints in the AHL and ECHL, 2 professional tryouts with the Toronto Maple Leafs, and 5 NHL Camps, Cowan transitioned into the business side of the game, working with Bauer Hockey as an Elite Athlete Service Manager. In his 3 years with Bauer, Dave negotiated and executed merchandising contracts with NHL players and agents; serviced and managed accounts with NHL, CHL, and Team Canada teams; and planned and managed events at the NHL Combine and World Junior Ice Hockey Championships.
In 2017, Dave enrolled in BHI’s CHP program in pursuit of further education that would expand his career opportunities within the sport. Now, a year after enrolling, Dave is joining a player agency that boasts clients such as TJ Oshie, Jared Spurgeon, Troy Stetcher, Derek Stepan, and Vincent Trocheck:
Being part of the MBA/CHP program assisted me greatly in getting on with O2K Management. The program is very well respected in the hockey industry and shows my drive to grow and succeed.
O2K’s Managing Partner, Eustace King, spoke highly of Dave’s qualifications and experience, and noted how his enrollment in the CHP made him an attractive candidate for the job:
Dave Cowan has been a great addition to the O2K Family. Experience, talent, dedication and passion are the elements that make each athlete unique. These are the same elements that form the foundation of O2K. Dave’s experience working for Bauer Hockey’s Elite Athlete Service Division along with his enrollment in the Business Hockey Institute’s Certified Hockey Professional program made him the ideal candidate.
Going forward, Cowan will be responsible for recruiting and developing amateur and professional players for O2K. He will also provide management services to players on an individual basis to assist them in taking their game to the next level.