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Dylan Cozens

Cozens second in CSSHL points

A Yukon hockey player is at the top of the ranks in the Canadian Sport School Hockey League (CSSHL).

By Marissa Tiel on January 4, 2017

A Yukon hockey player is at the top of the ranks in the Canadian Sport School Hockey League (CSSHL).

Dylan Cozens, 15, a righty forward, who plays for the Yale Hockey Academy Midget Prep team out of Abbotsford, B.C. is currently ranked second in points in the CSSHL.

He finished 2016 with 31 points, just behind Burnaby Winter Club Prep’s Massimo Rizzo, who has 34.

Cozens has previously played locally for the Yukon Mustangs and last season began attending a sport school near Vancouver to pursue his hockey dreams of one day playing in the NHL.

This spring he got one step closer when he became the first Yukon-born hockey player to go in the first round of the bantam WHL draft. Cozens was picked up 19th and signed by the Lethbridge Hurricanes.

He has already suited up for a handful of games with the WHL team, even scoring a goal. Cozens is eligible to play up to five regular season games with the Hurricanes.

In the meantime, he is racking up points with his current club and focusing on improving his game.

He leads his team in points with 13 goals and 18 assists and averages about 2.1 goals per game. The centre also has 26 penalty minutes in the first 15 games of the season (22 of which were picked up in a single game against Shawnigan Lake School).

Cozen’s highest scoring game came in mid-November against the International Hockey Academy, when he scored four goals and an assist. The game was two days before his WHL scoring debut.

“Obviously it feels good, but I can’t worry about that,” said Cozens of his scoring.

“I just have to focus on my game and keep getting better.”

His Yale Hockey Academy is 10-5-0-0 this season.

It will meet the Delta Midget Prep team in its first games after the holiday break for a two-game series this weekend. Saturday the team will travel to Delta Academy, while on Sunday it will host Delta on home ice.

Yale teammate Brett Walchuk, a defenceman who is also from Whitehorse, has two assists in 12 games.

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