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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.

Corey Locke
Corey Locke 2012.jpg
Born (1984-05-08) May 8, 1984 (age 35)
Newmarket, Ontario, Canada
Height 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Weight 168 lb (76 kg; 12 st 0 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Left
ELH team
Former teams
HC Dynamo Pardubice
Montreal Canadiens
New York Rangers
Ottawa Senators
Turku TPS
Eisbären Berlin
Nürnberg Ice Tigers
EHC Visp
EC VSV
EHC Black Wings Linz
NHL Draft 113th overall, 2003
Montreal Canadiens
Playing career 2004–present

Playing careerEdit

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.[1]

In July 2008, Locke was traded by the Canadiens to the Minnesota Wild for Shawn Belle.[2] 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.[3]

In 2009, Locke signed a one-year deal with the New York Rangers.[4] 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.[5] 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.[6]

In 2010, Locke signed a two-year contract with the Ottawa Senators.[7] 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.[8] 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.[9]

In October 2014, Locke inked a deal with the Nürnberg Ice Tigers of the German Deutsche Eishockey Liga for the remainder of the 2014-15 season.[10]

On November 5, 2015, he was signed to a one-month contract by EHC Visp of the Swiss NLB.[11] Scoring a better than point-per-game average, Locke was secured for the remainder of the season with Visp.

On July 13, 2015, Locke continued his European career, agreeing to a one-year deal with Austrian outfit, EC VSV of the EBEL.[12]

PersonalEdit

Locke was born in Newmarket, Ontario, north of Toronto, and maintains a residence there. He has a younger brother named Kyle.

Career statisticsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2000–01 Newmarket Hurricanes OPJHL 49 33 50 83 18 16 10 12 22 14
2001–02 Ottawa 67's OHL 55 18 25 43 18 13 6 7 13 10
2002–03 Ottawa 67's OHL 66 63 88 151 83 23 19 19 38 30
2003–04 Ottawa 67's OHL 65 51 67 118 82 7 7 3 10 10
2004–05 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 78 16 27 43 20 4 0 0 0 2
2005–06 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 77 19 40 59 67
2006–07 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 80 20 35 55 54 22 10 12 22 10
2007–08 Montréal Canadiens NHL 1 0 0 0 0
2007–08 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 78 30 42 72 50
2008–09 Houston Aeros AHL 77 25 54 79 60 20 12 11 23 32
2009–10 New York Rangers NHL 3 0 0 0 0
2009–10 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 76 31 54 85 44
2010–11 Ottawa Senators NHL 5 0 1 1 0
2010–11 Binghamton Senators AHL 69 21 65 86 42 16 3 12 15 12
2011–12 Binghamton Senators AHL 38 10 31 41 22
2012–13 TPS SM-l 37 5 12 17 22
2012–13 Eisbären Berlin DEL 16 1 6 7 10 13 2 6 8 4
2013–14 Chicago Wolves AHL 36 6 19 25 16
2013–14 Abbotsford Heat AHL 30 4 19 23 8 4 1 0 1 0
2013–14 Nürnberg Ice Tigers DEL 44 9 21 30 20 8 2 7 9 6
2015–16 EHC Visp CHE.2 29 17 36 53 22 7 1 7 8 8
2016–17 EC VSV AUT 52 12 64 76 24
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
AHL totals 639 182 386 568 383 66 26 35 61 56
NHL totals 9 0 1 1 0
AUT totals 158 47 144 191 86 18 1 17 18 16

Awards and achievementsEdit

TransactionsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Canadiens 4, Blackhawks 3 OT". CBS Sports. January 8, 2008. Retrieved May 11, 2010.
  2. ^ "Wild acquires center Corey Locke". Minnesota Wild. July 11, 2008. Retrieved May 11, 2010.
  3. ^ "Houston Aeros 2008-09 season in review". Houston Aeros. June 17, 2009. Archived from the original on September 17, 2010. Retrieved May 11, 2010.
  4. ^ "Rangers agree to terms with free agent Locke". New York Rangers. July 3, 2009. Retrieved May 11, 2010.
  5. ^ "Rangers overcome deficit to beat Isles, stay in playoff pursuit". CBS Sports. March 30, 2010. Retrieved May 11, 2010.
  6. ^ "Locke named to AHL's Second All-Star Team". New York Rangers. April 1, 2010. Retrieved May 11, 2010.
  7. ^ "Senators sign Locke to two-year, two-way contract". TSN. July 7, 2010. Retrieved July 7, 2010.
  8. ^ "Sens win, snap six-game skid in Lehner's first start". Ottawa Citizen. January 14, 2011. Retrieved January 14, 2011.
  9. ^ "Wolves sign former AHL MVP Corey Locke". Chicago Wolves. July 30, 2013. Retrieved July 30, 2013.
  10. ^ "Spielmacher Corey Locke kommt nach Nürnberg! | Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers Nürnberg". www.icetigers.de. Retrieved February 14, 2016.
  11. ^ "Visp signs Canadian forward to one month contract". swisshockeynews.ch. November 5, 2015. Retrieved November 5, 2015.
  12. ^ "VSV and Corey Locke agree to one year contract" (in German). EC VSV. July 13, 2015. Retrieved July 13, 2015.
  13. ^ "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.
  14. ^ "Locke voted AHL MVP". American Hockey League. April 8, 2011. Retrieved April 8, 2011.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Pierre-Marc Bouchard
CHL Player of the Year
2003
Succeeded by
Sidney Crosby