A story about former Colorado College bench boss Scott Owens, who announced his retirement from coaching hockey

Colorado College Hockey, 2010-11 season

Scott Owens is a very good coach and an even better person. There are numerous examples. You may have some of your own.
Here is one of mine that I wish to share upon news of his retirement from coaching.
I was laid off by the Gazette on Dec. 1 , 2011, the day before the DU at CC game. I was sitting down to write the preview when I got the call to come in immediately and bring my work laptop.
I joined the unemployed ranks of so many sportswriters before me and since. I knew the possibility but kept working, hoping and half expecting that it wouldn’t happen to me.
Now, I was stunned, scared and did not know what to do. It makes me queasy thinking about it now.
Everything is pretty much a blur until about 3 1/2 hours later. In the interim, then-Gazette sports editor Jim O’Connell had called former CC sports information director Dave Moross to inform him someone else would be covering Friday night’s home game.
Moross passed the news on to Owens after that night’s practice.
Owens called me to see how I was doing. Most coaches wouldn’t. He had no reason to treat me any differently. We got along, but we weren’t friends.
He asked how I was and gave me some words of encouragement. I babbled a response. I thanked him for calling. Hopefully, I cannot remember the call clearly.
But I do remember the gratitude I felt.
That gesture showed me a lot about why so many think the world of Owens. That gesture meant a lot to me then. It still does.
Best wishes to Scott Owens in his retirement.

Another Slavin set to enter Colorado College fold

slavin lincolnLincoln Stars forward Josiah Slavin has committed to Colorado College, where his older brother and NHL defenseman Jaccob Slavin (Carolina Hurricanes) played for two seasons, the U.S. Hockey League franchise announced on Thursday.

He is scheduled to join the National Collegiate Hockey Conference program starting with the 2019-20 season.

“The coaching staff there is awesome,” Slavin said in a media release. “When I went to visit there this summer, it just felt right. It wasn’t the time to commit then, but we stayed in touch. Now, it felt like the perfect time to do it. It’s a lot of weight lifted off my shoulders. I’m just excited to start the next part of my life.”

The Erie, Colo. native, 19, has played 53 games with the Stars in his second USHL season, tallying 18 goals and 18 assists for 36 points with 23 penalty minutes and a +26 rating.

The 6-foot-2, 182-pounder recorded his first career hat-trick on Dec. 16, 2017 against Des Moines. Through 102 games, he has 24 goals and 26 assists for 50 points with four game-winning goals and three shorthanded goals.

The NCHC is regarded as one of the best conferences in college hockey, and the competition every night provides a unique challenge, according to Slavin.

“Family played a huge part [in my decision],” he said. “I always loved Colorado growing up in the state. I’m a homebody, so when I’m out of Colorado I miss it. I just love it there.”