2010-11: Evan Cowley skated for Ralston Valley High School in Colorado as a sophomore and played bantam AA hockey with the Arvada Hockey Association.
2011-12: Cowley played for Ralston Valley as a junior and played on the Arvada midget minor AA team in Colorado. He was selected by Wichita Falls in the third round (50th overall) of the 2012 North American Hockey League Entry Draft.
2012-13: Cowley was the top rookie goalie in the NAHL playing for Wichita Falls and was the lone player from the NAHL selected to participate in the inaugural CCM/All-American Prospects Game. Cowley was 22-24-4 and had 3 shutouts in 50 games for the Wildcats and had a 2.90 goals against and .900 save percentage. Wichita Falls missed the playoffs, finishing fifth in the South Division. Cowley stopped 15 of 17 shots he faced in the CCM/All-American game in Buffalo. He also played three games with the USA NTDP’s U18 team and was 2-1 with a 2.33 goals against and .879 save percentage. In June 2013 he committed to playing college hockey at Denver. Cowley was ranked 12th amongst North American goalies in Central Scouting’s final rankings and was selected by Florida in the fourth round (92nd overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft.
2013-14: Cowley appeared in five games as a backup to fellow Panthers’ prospect Sam Brittain in his freshman season at the University of Denver. He was 1-2 with a 1.76 goals against and .949 save percentage. The Pioneers finished sixth in the first-year NCHC but defeated fellow upstart Miami (which finished last in the regular season) in the conference championship game; earning an NCAA berth. Denver lost to Boston College, 6-2, in the Northeast Regional semifinals. Cowley stopped all seven shots he faced in relief of Brittain in the third period against the Eagles in his only post-season appearance.
2014-15: In his second season with the University of Denver, Cowley split time between the pipes with Tanner Jaillet. He appeared in 20 games and allowed just 38 goals, while posting a 9-6-2 record to go along with a .924 save percentage and a 2.16 goals against average. His numbers were slightly better than Jaillet, who actually played in more games, but Cowley missed part of the campaign with a shoulder injury.
Cowley is an inexperienced goaltender with good height and balance. He has the proper mentality and raw skills to turn into a reliable backstop. After spending much of his freshman season as a backup to senior Sam Brittain he is beginning to gain experience at the University of Denver. Cowley and freshman Tanner Jaillet have been one of the more consistent tandems in college hockey and he should only improve as he gains experience.
With both Cowley and Jaillet set to return to the University of Denver for the 2015-16 season, it’s likely that the team once again splits the workload between the two goaltenders, unless one runs away with the starting gig. Cowley has two more years of NCAA eligibility before the Panthers have to sign him or let him walk.