Corey Hirsch (born July 1, 1972) is a Canadian retired ice hockey goaltender, currently working for Sportsnet as a colour commentator on Vancouver Canucks radio broadcasts. He spent the majority of his National Hockey League career with the Vancouver Canucks. He is the former goaltending coach for the St. Louis Blues, having previously served the Toronto Maple Leafs along with Francois Allaire.
July 1, 1972|
Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada
|Height||5 ft 10 in (178 cm)|
|Weight||181 lb (82 kg; 12 st 13 lb)|
New York Rangers|
169th overall, 1991|
New York Rangers
|Olympic medal record|
|Men's ice hockey|
|1994 Lillehammer||Ice Hockey|
|1995 Sweden||Ice hockey|
Born in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Hirsch played major junior hockey with the Kamloops Blazers of the Western Hockey League for four seasons. He was named to the WHL Second All-Star Team in his second season with Kamloops, in which the team won the President's Cup (now the Ed Chynoweth Cup) and advanced to the 1990 Memorial Cup in Hamilton, Ontario, where the Blazers placed third. Hirsch was subsequently chosen 169th overall in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Rangers.
Upon being drafted, Hirsch led the league in shutouts, with 5, and goals against average with 2.72 in 1991–92, he was named CHL Goaltender of the Year and the Del Wilson Trophy as the WHL Goaltender of the Year. As the Blazers again captured President's Cup in 1992, they advanced to the Memorial Cup in Seattle and defeated the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 5–4 in the final. Hirsch was additionally awarded the Hap Emms Memorial Trophy as the tournament's top goaltender.
In 1992–93, his first professional season, he played for the Binghamton Rangers, New York's AHL affiliate, and won the Aldege "Baz" Bastien Memorial Award as the league's top goalie. At 2.79, he was also awarded the Harry "Hap" Holmes Memorial Award for the lowest goals-against-average (shared with goaltending teammate Boris Rousson).
Hirsch started his first NHL game that season, a 2–2 tie against the Detroit Red Wings on January 19, 1993. He recorded his first win on his next start, an 8–3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on January 23.
At the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway, Hirsch played all eight games for Canada and won a silver medal after losing in a shootout to Sweden in the gold medal game. The shootout-winning goal by Peter Forsberg was depicted on a Swedish postage stamp, featuring the image of a generic goalie because Hirsch refused to allow his likeness to be used.
Hirsch split goaltending duties with Kirk McLean in 1995–96 and was named to the All-Rookie Team after posting a 2.93 goals-against average, .903 save percentage and a winning 17–14–6 record. He also finished fifth in Calder Memorial Trophy voting (won by Daniel Alfredsson). During the season, he recorded his first career NHL shutout on January 15, 1996, a 6–0 win against the Boston Bruins.
On July 2, 1999, he was waived by the Canucks and for the next few seasons, would bounce around the league between the Nashville Predators, Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, Washington Capitals, and Dallas Stars. Playing for minor league affiliates, he only appeared in a handful of NHL games for the remainder of his career. In 2002–03, he recorded AHL career highs with a 2.64 goals-against average and a .921 save percentage in 35 games with the Utah Grizzlies.
On June 18, 2010, the St. Louis Blues announced they had hired Hirsch as their goaltending coach.
On May 7, 2014, the St. Louis Blues relieved Hirsch of his coaching duties.
Hirsch is a divorcee after 15 years of marriage, with three children. In the summer of 2015, Hirsch's son Hayden, who is a forward, attended hockey training camp with his father's old junior team, the Kamloops Blazers, but didn't make the regular season roster. Hirsch has struggled with severe anxiety and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) for much of his life, and described his struggle in a Player's Tribune article on February 15, 2017. He has since become an outspoken advocate for mental health awareness and ending the stigma associated with mental illness.
- WHL West Second All-Star Team – 1990
- CHL Goaltender of the Year – 1992
- CHL First All-Star Team – 1992
- Hap Emms Memorial Trophy (WHL goaltender of the year) – 1992
- WHL West First All-Star Team – 1992
- Del Wilson Trophy (Memorial Cup top goaltender) – 1992
- Memorial Cup All-Star Team – 1992
- Aldege "Baz" Bastien Memorial Award (AHL goaltender of the year) – 1993
- Dudley "Red" Garrett Memorial Award (AHL's lowest goals-against-average) – 1993 (shared with Boris Rousson)
- Harry "Hap" Holmes Memorial Award – 1993
- AHL First All-Star Team – 1993
- NHL All-Rookie Team – 1996
- IHL Goaltender of the Month – December 1999
- IHL Goaltender of the Week – December 4, December 18, 2000
Regular season and playoffsEdit
|1992–93||New York Rangers||NHL||4||1||2||1||224||14||0||3.75||.879||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2000–01||Albany River Rats||AHL||4||0||4||0||199||19||0||5.73||.862||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
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