A Just Reward
Tuesday May 05th 2009, 7:02 pm

The New York Rangers have signed Hartford Wolf Pack forward Jordan Owens to an NHL contract.  The 23-year old winger has played the past two seasons in the Rangers organization on an AHL contract, splitting time between Charlotte (ECHL) and Hartford in the 2007-2008 season before earning a full-time role and becoming an invaluable member of the Pack this season.

A tireless worker, Owens isn’t afraid to throw his 6-0, 190-pound frame around, and will drop the gloves when called upon.  The Toronto native was an integral part of Hartford’s top penalty-killing unit, and his speed made him a constant threat  when playing a man down.  While that speed is undoubtedly his best asset — he was named the second fastest skater at the 2008 ECHL All-Star Skills Competition — he started to show some offensive flare in his second professional season, finishing with 12 goals and 25 assists for 37 points in 67 games.  A fixture on the Wolf Pack’s checking line, Owens’ +17 was second amongst forwards to linemate Mike Ouellette’s +18.

A good guy and great teammate, Owens was awarded both the Bob Girouard Character Award and Fan Favorite Award at the end of the Pack’s season. Few players worked as hard or were as exciting to watch in Hartford this season, and none is more deserving of the reward he earned from the Rangers today.  Congratulations, Jordan!

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