Miami’s Kim And Bowen To Take Year Off

Junior forward Alex Kim and freshman netminder David Bowen will take a year off from hockey with the Miami RedHawks, assistant coach Dave Smith announced.

Fullerton, Calif., native Kim, a former CCHA all-rookie honorable mention and the team’s fourth-leading scorer a year ago with 11-9–20, cited personal reasons for his absence, after which a decision on a possible return will be made.

Bowen, who redshirted the 1998-99 season, is leaving to play for the Sioux Falls Stampede of the United States Hockey League (USHL). If, as expected, Bowen returns to Miami for the 2000-2001 season, he will have four years of eligibility left.

“For David, this is an opportunity for him to gain more valuable playing experience and to develop his physical strength,” said Smith. “It’s our feeling that with two senior goaltenders returning, this can only be a win-win situation for both sides.”

Both players’ decisions were made in late July, before the hiring of new head coach Enrico Blasi.