Young Yukon hockey player thrilled to meet his idol and compatriot Dylan Cozens

A young Yukon hockey player had the chance to meet her idol in Vancouver at the end of March, when she watched Dylan Cozens and the Buffalo Sabers take on the Canucks.

Nine-year-old Taliyah Ewing of Dawson City showed up to the game wearing a Sabers jersey, Sabers cap and Yukon flag to watch her favorite player.

Cozens, a Whitehorse native, is a forward for the Buffalo Sabers and was in Vancouver March 20 to face the Canucks. The Sabers won the game 3-2 in overtime, but the highlight of the night for Ewing was when she met Cozens after the game.

She described the reunion as “very exciting” but was left speechless when she came face to face with Cozens. But not much to say because he signed his jersey, his hat and even his shoes. The two also took a photo together.

Taliyah Ewing, left, poses for a photo with Dylan Cozens, her favorite hockey player. (Submitted by Lynette Peterson)

Lynette Peterson, Ewing’s mother, explained that the family was in Richmond, British Columbia, for a hockey tournament. After the tournament was over, the group headed downtown to watch the game.

Peterson said there were a lot of Yukoners in the crowd, which made sense given its proximity to Cozens’ home.

At one point in the match, Cozens received a roughing penalty, and while it wasn’t great for his team, it was an opportunity for Ewing, who immediately ran about 25 yards to get a shot outside of the penalty area next to his favorite player.

“As soon as he entered the penalty area, I started running through people trying to get there,” she said.

Peterson said Ewing has been a fan of Cozens ever since she saw him play at the 2020 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships. Cozens helped the team win a gold medal in that tournament and then was one of the team’s captains the following year when they won silver. .

Cozens was dubbed “The Workhorse from Whitehorse” by play-by-play announcer Gord Miller and was drafted by the Buffalo Sabers seventh overall in the 2019 draft.

This draft pick solidified the Sabers as Ewing’s favorite team.

Catherine J. Martinez