Born December 5, 1991 (age 20) in Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Defenseman for the Anaheim Ducks
I return to learning more about my hockey card collection and discuss someone a friend of mien was recently talking about, piquing my curiosity. Fowler is actually a dual citizen because, while he was born in Canada to a Canadian father, his mother is American. His family moved to Michigan when he was very young and he has chosen to represent America in international play. As a kid he also played baseball in addition to hockey, but really became more of a hockey player in his teens. He signed a letter of intent for Notre Dame in 2008 and was recruited by the US National Team Development Program (just like yesterday’s MotD) for a two-year stint. After the development program, he decided to go to the OHL instead of Notre Dame, though, and was accused of being bribed to do so, but he denied the accusations and went to the Windsor Spitfires. With Windsor, he was literally a point-a-game kind of guy, 55 points in 55 games. That year, the Spitfires won the Memorial Cup.
Going into the 2010 draft, he was ranked #5 by Central Scouting among North Americans in the final update. He had been ranked third before that, but dropped a little bit, and was compared to the likes of Dion Phaneuf and Chris Pronger–except maybe not as physical as those two. Since he was one of the top-ranked prospects, he and his fellow ’10 top prospects hung out together in Los Angeles ahead of the draft and watched some of the 2010 Stanley Cup Final festivities, as seen below.
He was selected 12th overall by Anaheim and started 2010-11 on the Ducks’ roster instead of visiting the AHL first. His first goal came in October 2010 against the Phoenix Coyotes and he went to the 2011 All-Star Game as part of the rookie coalition. He also lived with senior Duck Scott Niedermeyer and his family as a way of transitioning him into the big times. Like I said before, he’s chosen to represent America internationally and he’s had three chances to do so: 2009 U-18 World Juniors (gold), 2010 World Juniors (gold), 2011 Worlds (eighth). Last season with the Ducks, he had ten goals and 30 assists in 76 games, along with a goal and three assists in Anaheim’s playoff run.