Drayson Bowman (born March 8, 1989, in Grand Rapids, Michigan) is an American junior ice hockey player. He currently plays for the Spokane Chiefs of the Western Hockey League and is a prospect for the Carolina Hurricanes of the National Hockey League.
After playing bantam hockey with the North Shore Winter Hawks in Vancouver, British Columbia, Bowman was drafted eighth overall by the Spokane Chiefs in the 2004 WHL Bantam Draft. He debuted with the Chiefs the following season in 2004-05, appearing in 4 games. After a 43-point season in 2006-07, Bowman was drafted 72nd overall in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft by the Carolina Hurricanes.
Upon being drafted, Bowman returned to the Chiefs and recorded 82 points in 66 games, first in team scoring. His 42 goals was fourth in the league. As the Chiefs finished second overall in the regular season, Bowman added 20 more points in 21 playoff games as the Chiefs captured the WHL title. The league championship earned the Chiefs a birth in the 2008 Memorial Cup and they would go undefeated, earning the CHL title 4-1 over the Kitchener Rangers in the final. Bowman scored a goal in every game of the tournament to lead all players in goal-scoring and was named to the Memorial Cup All-Star Team.
After impressing in the Memorial Cup, the Hurricanes signed him to a 3-year, $2.06 million contract on July 30, 2008.
Born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Bowman and his family moved to Littleton, Colorado where he began playing hockey. In 2003, he and his family moved to Vancouver, British Columbia, to better his opportunities in hockey. Bowman's younger brother, Collin, is currently a defenceman for the Kelowna Rockets of the Western Hockey League.
Awards & achievements
*Spokane Chiefs Rookie of the Year - 2006
*Memorial Cup All-Star Team - 2008