Corey Michael Locke (born May 8, 1984) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player. Locke is a retired ice hockey player who now works as an advisor for the Guelph Storm of the OHL Since he made his professional debut in 2004, he has predominately featured in the AHL, with appearances in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers and Ottawa Senators.
May 8, 1984|
Newmarket, Ontario, Canada
|Height||5 ft 9 in (175 cm)|
|Weight||168 lb (76 kg; 12 st 0 lb)|
HC Dynamo Pardubice|
New York Rangers
Nürnberg Ice Tigers
EHC Black Wings Linz
113th overall, 2003|
Locke played one season of junior A hockey with the Newmarket Hurricanes and was signed by the Ottawa 67's of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). Locke played three seasons in the OHL, winning the Red Tilson Trophy as the league's most outstanding player two years in a row. In 2003, his 151 points were the most in the CHL. During the 2002–2003 season, Locke and Matt Foy formed the most dangerous and dominant tandem in Ontario major junior hockey. Following this season, Locke was drafted 113th overall in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft by the Montreal Canadiens. He was returned to junior for the 2003–04 season.
On September 15, 2004, Locke signed a three-year entry level contract with the Canadiens. He was then assigned to their AHL affiliate, the Hamilton Bulldogs for further development, and won the Calder Cup with the Bulldogs in the 2006–07 AHL season. After averaging almost a point per game in Hamilton, Locke made his NHL debut (and only NHL appearance of the season) in Montreal on January 8, 2008.
In July 2008, Locke was traded by the Canadiens to the Minnesota Wild for Shawn Belle. Unable to make the Wild's opening night roster for the 2008–09 season, he was reassigned to the Houston Aeros, leading the team to the West Conference finals with 23 points in the final.
In 2009, Locke signed a one-year deal with the New York Rangers. He was then reassigned to AHL affiliate, the Hartford Wolf Pack to begin the 2009–10 season. On March 28, 2010, Locke was recalled to the NHL and made his Rangers debut in a 4-3 victory over the New York Islanders on March 30, 2010. After 3 games with the Blueshirts, Locke was returned to the AHL and finished the season with 85 points in 76 games to be named to the AHL Second All-Star Team.
In 2010, Locke signed a two-year contract with the Ottawa Senators. He recorded his first NHL point against the New York Islanders on January 13, 2011, when he assisted on a goal by Ottawa's Nick Foligno. Locke played the two seasons mainly with the Binghamton Senators. In 2011, he won the AHL MVP award, and the Senators won the AHL championship. Locke was injured for most of the 2011-12 season, and Binghamton failed to make the playoffs. At the end of the season, Locke was added to the Ottawa Senators roster, but did not play.
In 2012, Locke left the Senators to sign with TPS of the Finnish SM-liiga. After scoring only five goals, and with TPS not in championship contention, Locke was moved in January 2013 to Berlin to join the Polar Bears of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga, where he joined his former OHL teammate Matt Foy.
A free agent at the conclusion of the season in Germany, Locke returned to the American Hockey League, signing a one-year contract with the Chicago Wolves on July 31, 2013.
On July 13, 2015, Locke continued his European career, agreeing to a one-year deal with Austrian outfit, EC VSV of the EBEL.
Locke was born in Newmarket, Ontario, north of Toronto, and maintains a residence there. He has a younger brother named Kyle.
|2009–10||New York Rangers||NHL||3||0||0||0||0||—||—||—||—||—|
|2009–10||Hartford Wolf Pack||AHL||76||31||54||85||44||—||—||—||—||—|
|2013–14||Nürnberg Ice Tigers||DEL||44||9||21||30||20||8||2||7||9||6|
|2017–18||EHC Black Wings Linz||AUT||54||23||47||70||34||12||1||9||10||8|
|2018–19||EHC Black Wings Linz||AUT||52||12||33||45||28||6||0||8||8||8|
Awards and achievementsEdit
- "Canadiens 4, Blackhawks 3 OT". CBS Sports. January 8, 2008. Retrieved May 11, 2010.
- "Wild acquires center Corey Locke". Minnesota Wild. July 11, 2008. Retrieved May 11, 2010.
- "Houston Aeros 2008-09 season in review". Houston Aeros. June 17, 2009. Archived from the original on September 17, 2010. Retrieved May 11, 2010.
- "Rangers agree to terms with free agent Locke". New York Rangers. July 3, 2009. Retrieved May 11, 2010.
- "Rangers overcome deficit to beat Isles, stay in playoff pursuit". CBS Sports. March 30, 2010. Retrieved May 11, 2010.
- "Locke named to AHL's Second All-Star Team". New York Rangers. April 1, 2010. Retrieved May 11, 2010.
- "Senators sign Locke to two-year, two-way contract". TSN. July 7, 2010. Retrieved July 7, 2010.
- "Sens win, snap six-game skid in Lehner's first start". Ottawa Citizen. January 14, 2011. Retrieved January 14, 2011.
- "Wolves sign former AHL MVP Corey Locke". Chicago Wolves. July 30, 2013. Retrieved July 30, 2013.
- "Spielmacher Corey Locke kommt nach Nürnberg! | Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers Nürnberg". www.icetigers.de. Retrieved February 14, 2016.
- "Visp signs Canadian forward to one month contract". swisshockeynews.ch. November 5, 2015. Retrieved November 5, 2015.
- "VSV and Corey Locke agree to one year contract" (in German). EC VSV. July 13, 2015. Retrieved July 13, 2015.
- "2010-11 First and Second All-Stars named". American Hockey League. March 31, 2011. Archived from the original on September 21, 2012. Retrieved 2011-03-31.
- "Locke voted AHL MVP". American Hockey League. April 8, 2011. Retrieved April 8, 2011.