The Monday After: Bowns in the shop window
Before I begin, I'll apologize to the fans of Cardiff Devils and the organization, because I do not think Ben Bowns will be wearing your red jersey next season.
We are two games away from the World Championships and the British goaltender's performances have kept the attention as the world wakes up to what we already know.
Bowns' reputation has grown over the last two years, particularly in the Champions League for the Devils. He is now on the world stage and is attracting more and more people's attention.
These championships are a showcase for many players, especially in the European leagues, who may be dreaming that a representative of an NHL team is looking to catch up.
– Steven Ellis (@StevenEllisTHN) May 12, 2019
Before moving on to the previous sentence, I do not say nor suggest that this is where Bowns is destined to go. Not at all, but it's the kind of event where a "big show" team might be interested.
GB's defeat performance was also well received. They know they are among the most important and challenging challenges of their careers, but they do their best and Bownsy plays more than his role.
Up to now in the championships, Bowns has faced 86 shots in two games, 30 more than the next goalkeeper to have played two games, Norwegian Henrik Haukeland (the two Italian goalkeepers played a match each and 61 respectively).
Bowns made 75 saves, a save percentage of 87.21%, and is statistically far from the worst goalkeeper of this tournament.
is being done in GIF and showing on the scrolls highlights, which is attracting more and more attention from those who are turning away from these shores.
Just think of last month when Bowns helped Cardiff win a consecutive playoff title at the expense of Grand Slam chasing the Belfast Giants.
This article makes no excuse for talking about Bowns in these terms, but these championships confirm what we already know about him. He is world class.
Although I am reluctant to mention it, I am still stunned by the fact that there was a very small contingent of Devils supporters who wanted him to leave his club last season. Look at these last two games and tell us differently.
Ben Bowns, the goalkeeper @TeamGBicehockey just had his own period, making 20 saves in the first period. Some teams @officialEIHL have already seen this act. Good on Bowns reproducing it on one of the biggest scenes of the international game https://t.co/CY04TQmJ0y
– Shawn Roarke (@sroarke_nhl) May 12, 2019
Guys like Bowns are invaluable in this sport, and even though I hate to see the Elite League without their talents, I'd love to see them win a big shot somewhere in Europe or North America. as a reward for his efforts over the past five years.
What is the worst problem that can happen. He goes somewhere and it does not work. There will be a host of teams eager to bring him back if that were the case. However, I do not think that would be the case.
Andrew Lord and Todd Kelman could look for a replacement during his concerts in Slovakia, but this must certainly be considered a good thing for the work he did during his stay in Wales.
For the moment. let's take advantage now of what Bowns is doing for this team from Great Britain and see how the rest of their summer is in full swing.