Curtis Bowen was born March 24 1974 in Kenora, Ontario. He played his junior hockey with the Ottawa 67's of the OHL and was drafted in the first round, 22nd overall by the Detroit Red Wings in 1992. Bowen was a left-winger and began his pro career with the Adirondack Red Wings in the AHL. He spent 1995-96 with the Canadian National team and then went back and forth with Adirondack and the Canadian program. By 1998 he was out west playing for the Manitoba Moose of the IHL with NHL prospects looking dimmer by the day. The following season he moved to England, playing hockey for the Nottingham Panthers, Manchester Storm and Belfast Giants. He played the 2003-04 season with the Belfast Giants of the EIHL.