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Mark C. Mowers (born February 16, 1974) is a former professional ice hockey forward and current pro scout for the Buffalo Sabres. He had previously played in the National Hockey League with the Nashville Predators, Detroit Red Wings, Boston Bruins, and Anaheim Ducks.

Mark Mowers
Mark Mowers, Gottéron-Langnau, 15.01.2010.jpg
Born (1974-02-16) February 16, 1974 (age 45)
Decatur, Georgia, U.S.
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 174 lb (79 kg; 12 st 6 lb)
Position Center
Shot Right
Played for Nashville Predators
Detroit Red Wings
Malmö Redhawks
HC Fribourg-Gottéron
Boston Bruins
Anaheim Ducks
SC Bern
National team  United States
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 1998–2011

Playing careerEdit

Undrafted, Mowers played collegiate hockey at the University of New Hampshire. Mowers played for the Whitesboro Warriors high school hockey team in Whitestown, New York, graduating from Whitesboro High School. After his senior year, in which he was named to the East First All-American Team, Mowers was signed as a free agent by the Nashville Predators on August 1, 1998.

Mowers made his NHL debut in the 1998–99 season, his first pro season, with the Predators. Mowers played in 30 games with the Preds and split the season with their affiliate, the Milwaukee Admirals. Mowers spent the next three seasons with the Predators.

On August 6, 2002, Mowers signed a contract with the Detroit Red Wings. Mowers was assigned to the Grand Rapids Griffins for the 2002–03 season and scored 81 points in 78 games, to earn a spot on the AHL All-Star Second Team. In the following 2003–04 season, Mowers started the year with the Griffins before he was recalled by the Red Wings on November 19, 2003. Mowers impressed in a checking line role and established a regular place on the team. Mowers suffered a foot injury towards the end of the season and missed the playoffs.

During the 2004 NHL Lockout, Mowers played with the Malmö Redhawks of the SEL and Swiss team Fribourg-Gottéron. Mowers returned to the Red Wings for the 2005–06 season and was used as a reserve forward, playing in 46 games.

On July 6, 2006, Mowers signed a two-year contract with the Boston Bruins, following former Red Wings head coach Dave Lewis. Mowers played in a career-high 78 games in the 2006–07 season and posted 17 points.

Prior to the 2007–08 season, on September 24, 2007, Mowers was traded by the Bruins to the Anaheim Ducks for Brett Skinner and Nathan Saunders.[1] Mark played in 17 games with the Ducks and accepted a loan to SC Bern of the NLA for the remainder of the season on November 30.

Mowers returned to his former Swiss team, Fribourg-Gottéron, for the 2008–09 season and played three more professional seasons in the NLA before ending his playing career after the 2010–11 season.

Post-retirementEdit

Mowers first foray was doing intermission broadcasts during Boston Bruins games on New England Sports Network. On August 17, 2012, Mowers was named pro scout of the NHL's Eastern Conference for the Montreal Canadiens. Mowers remained a scout with the Canadiens for the following 5 seasons before leaving to accept the same role with the Buffalo Sabres for the 2017–18 season.[2] Mowers is now with the Minnesota Wild as of July 2019 as a pro scout.

PersonalEdit

Mowers was born in Decatur, Georgia, but grew up in Whitesboro, New York. He is married to former UNH gymnast Jana (Reardon) Mowers and lives in Newton, New Hampshire.[3]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1993–94 Dubuque Fighting Saints USHL 47 51 31 82 52
1994–95 U. of New Hampshire HE 36 13 23 36 16
1995–96 U. of New Hampshire HE 34 21 26 47 18
1996–97 U. of New Hampshire HE 39 26 32 58 52
1997–98 U. of New Hampshire HE 35 25 31 56 32
1998–99 Nashville Predators NHL 30 0 6 6 4
1998–99 Milwaukee Admirals IHL 51 14 22 36 24 1 0 0 0 0
1999–00 Milwaukee Admirals IHL 23 11 15 26 34
1999–00 Nashville Predators NHL 41 4 5 9 10
2000–01 Milwaukee Admirals IHL 63 25 25 50 54 5 1 2 3 2
2001–02 Nashville Predators NHL 14 1 2 3 2
2001–02 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 45 19 20 39 34
2002–03 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 78 34 47 81 47 15 3 4 7 4
2003–04 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 16 8 6 14 4
2003–04 Detroit Red Wings NHL 52 3 8 11 4
2004–05 Malmö Redhawks SEL 9 2 0 2 0
2004–05 HC Fribourg-Gottéron NLA 3 2 0 2 0
2005–06 Detroit Red Wings NHL 46 4 11 15 16 3 0 0 0 0
2006–07 Boston Bruins NHL 78 5 12 17 26
2007–08 Anaheim Ducks NHL 17 1 0 1 8
2007–08 SC Bern NLA 10 2 4 6 8
2008–09 HC Fribourg-Gottéron NLA 23 3 8 11 26 5 2 2 4 4
2009–10 HC Fribourg-Gottéron NLA 42 13 25 38 20 7 3 2 5 6
2010–11 HC Fribourg-Gottéron NLA 28 6 8 14 38 1 0 0 0 0
NHL totals 278 18 44 62 70 3 0 0 0 0

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2002 United States WC 7th 7 1 2 3 4
Senior totals 7 1 2 3 4

Awards and honorsEdit

Award Year
College
All-HE Rookie Team 1995
HE Rookie of the Year 1995
New England Rookie of the Year 1995
All-HE All-Star 1996, 1997
HE All-Tournament Team 1997 [4]
All-HE Second Team 1998
AHCA East First-Team All-American 1998
Hobey Baker Award (Finalist) 1998
IHL
Ken McKenzie Trophy 1999
AHL
All-Star Game 2003
Second All-Star Team 2003

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Bruins acquire Skinner, Saunders in exchange for Mowers". bruins.nhl.com. 2007-09-24. Archived from the original on 2007-10-31. Retrieved 2009-07-08.
  2. ^ "Team staff profiles". Buffalo Sabres. 2017-10-02. Retrieved 2017-10-02.
  3. ^ NHL's new financial structure has local players job hunting in Europe Retrieved 2018-08-26.
  4. ^ "2013-14 Hockey East Media Guide". Hockey East. Retrieved 2014-05-19.

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