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Patrice Victor Cormier (born June 14, 1990) is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward. He is currently under contract with Ak Bars Kazan of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). Cormier was drafted in the second round, 54th overall, by the New Jersey Devils at the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

Patrice Cormier
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Cormier during a 2009 exhibition against Sweden
Born (1990-06-14) June 14, 1990 (age 29)
Cap-Pelé, New Brunswick, Canada
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 215 lb (98 kg; 15 st 5 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Left
KHL team
Former teams
Ak Bars Kazan
Atlanta Thrashers
Winnipeg Jets
Barys Astana
NHL Draft 54th overall, 2008
New Jersey Devils
Playing career 2010–present

Cormier was the captain for Team Canada at the 2010 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships. On January 25, 2010, Cormier was suspended for the remainder of the 2009–10 QMJHL regular season and playoffs for an elbow he delivered to Mikael Tam of the Quebec Remparts. Shortly after, his NHL rights were traded to the Atlanta Thrashers.

Playing careerEdit

JuniorEdit

Rimouski OcéanicEdit

Cormier started his Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) career with the Rimouski Océanic. During his rookie season he scored 11 goals and added 10 assists 53 games. He also represented New Brunswick in the ice hockey tournament at the 2007 Canada Games, where Cormier scored seven goals and thirteen assists in six games played as his team finished in seventh place.[1] Cormier followed that up in the 2007–08 season, in which he posted 18 goals and 23 assists with 84 PIMs in 51 games. However, during the 2007–08 season, Cormier was riddled with injuries, including a burst appendix, concussion, and a pair of shoulder problems, all of which hampered his play and his draft position.[2] The New Jersey Devils drafted him with the 54th overall pick.

Cormier experienced a breakout performance during the 2008–09 QMJHL season, in which he posted career highs of 23 goals, 28 assists, 51 points, and 118 PIMs. His great performance continued with the QMJHL playoffs in which he led Rimouski to the playoff semifinals with four goals and six assists in 13 games, along with 30 PIMs, and the squad qualified for the 2009 Memorial Cup. While competing with the Océanic, Patrice followed the QMJHL playoffs with strong Memorial Cup play and was named to the tournament All-Star team.[3]

Rouyn-Noranda HuskiesEdit

Cormier was traded from Rimouski to the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies.[4] Shortly after he was traded, Cormier was involved in an incident where he severely injured an opponent, Mikael Tam of the Quebec Remparts, with an elbow that sent the latter player to hospital. The Remparts filed a police complaint over the hit.[5] Cormier faced criminal charges over the hit against Tam.[6]

On January 18, 2010, Cormier was suspended indefinitely by the QMJHL pending a full review of the incident.[7] On January 25, 2010, Cormier was suspended by the QMJHL for the rest of the 2010 season.[8] He finished his Rouyn-Noranda Huskies career with five assists in three games, before the season-ending (and QMJHL career-ending) suspension.

ProfessionalEdit

On February 4, 2010, Cormier was traded to the Atlanta Thrashers along with Johnny Oduya, Niclas Bergfors and a first round draft pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft for Ilya Kovalchuk.[9] After Rouyn-Noranda was eliminated from the QMJHL playoffs, Cormier was named to the playoff roster for the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League (AHL).[10] His first NHL goal was scored on January 7, 2011 against James Reimer of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Once the Thrashers relocated to Winnipeg, Cormier was assigned to the St. John's Ice Caps of the AHL. The Winnipeg Jets recalled Cormier several times from the Ice Caps, the last time being on November 4, 2015.[11]

Cormier began the 2015–16 season with the Manitoba Moose and was named an alternate captain.[12]

Out of contract with the Winnipeg Jets in the off-season, Cormier opted to remain with their affiliate, the Manitoba Moose, signing a one-year AHL deal on August 30, 2016,[13] and was later named team captain on October 14, 2016, shortly before the 2016–17 season began.[14] On July 5, 2017, he continued his tenure with the Moose and agreed to a one-year extension on July 5, 2017.[15]

After three seasons with the Moose, Cormier opted to leave North America and agreed to a one-year contract with Kazakhstani club, Barys Astana of the KHL on July 2, 2018.[16] Cormier was instantly a success with Barys, scoring 18 goals and 40 points in 56 games in the 2018–19 season. He registered a further 4 points in 11 post-season games, helping Barys advance to the second round.

As a free agent from Barys, Cormier continued in the KHL, securing a lucrative one-year contract with Russian club, Ak Bars Kazan, on May 4, 2019.[17]

International playEdit

Medal record
Ice hockey
Representing   Canada
World Junior Championships
  2010 Saskatoon
  2009 Ottawa

Cormier represented Canada in the IIHF World Junior Ice Hockey Championship in 2009 on their way to a gold medal and scored a goal and had two assists in six games.[18] At the 2010 event, he served as the captain of Canada, and added two goals and three assists in six games as Canada took home silver.[19]

FamilyEdit

Cormier married Tanya in 2016 and had his first child in August 2018. His older brother Kevin was selected by the Phoenix Coyotes in the sixth round of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.[20]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2004–05 Moncton Gagnon Beavers MJAHL 31 4 8 12 35
2005–06 Moncton Gagnon Beavers MJAHL 43 21 27 48 41
2006–07 Rimouski Océanic QMJHL 53 11 10 21 73
2007–08 Rimouski Océanic QMJHL 51 18 23 41 84 9 4 5 9 10
2008–09 Rimouski Océanic QMJHL 54 23 28 51 118 13 4 6 10 30
2009–10 Rimouski Océanic QMJHL 28 11 15 26 57
2009–10 Rouyn-Noranda Huskies QMJHL 3 0 5 5 7
2009–10 Chicago Wolves AHL 9 0 0 0 8
2010–11 Chicago Wolves AHL 11 2 3 5 14
2010–11 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 21 1 1 2 4
2011–12 St. John's IceCaps AHL 56 18 15 33 75 15 3 0 3 12
2011–12 Winnipeg Jets NHL 9 0 0 0 0
2012–13 St. John's IceCaps AHL 35 7 4 11 69
2012–13 Winnipeg Jets NHL 10 0 0 0 7
2013–14 St. John's IceCaps AHL 61 9 17 26 98 21 2 5 7 22
2013–14 Winnipeg Jets NHL 9 0 3 3 7
2014–15 St. John's IceCaps AHL 47 12 9 21 74
2014–15 Winnipeg Jets NHL 1 0 0 0 0
2015–16 Manitoba Moose AHL 65 15 17 32 73
2015–16 Winnipeg Jets NHL 2 0 0 0 0
2016–17 Manitoba Moose AHL 69 13 16 29 101
2017–18 Manitoba Moose AHL 69 22 21 43 126 9 1 1 2 38
2018–19 Barys Astana KHL 56 18 22 40 101 11 1 3 4 35
NHL totals 52 1 4 5 18
KHL totals 56 18 22 40 101 11 1 3 4 35

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
2009 Canada WJC   6 1 2 3 6
2010 Canada WJC   6 2 3 5 4
Junior totals 12 3 5 8 10

Awards and honoursEdit

Award Year
CHL
CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game 2007–08 [21]
Memorial Cup All-Star Team 2009 [22]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Canada Winter Games 2007 – Hockey Male". 2007 Canada Games. Archived from the original on July 21, 2011. Retrieved January 13, 2011.
  2. ^ "Prospect Patrice Cormier Profile". hockeysfuture.com. October 31, 2009. Retrieved January 18, 2010.
  3. ^ "Individual Awards Presented at MasterCard Memorial Cup". mastercardmemorialcup.com. May 24, 2009. Archived from the original on November 26, 2010. Retrieved January 18, 2010.
  4. ^ "Huskies de Rouyn-Noranda Joueurs: Patrice Cormier". January 18, 2010. Archived from the original on January 30, 2016. Retrieved January 18, 2010.
  5. ^ "Cormier ejected from QMJHL game after head shot on opponent". The Sports Network. January 18, 2010. Retrieved January 18, 2010.
  6. ^ Patrice Cormier accusé de voies de fait | Grands Titres | Radio-Canada.ca
  7. ^ "QMJHL suspends Cormier indefinitely for elbow to the head". TSN. January 18, 2010. Retrieved January 18, 2010.
  8. ^ "Cormier suspended for balance of QMJHL season and playoffs". TSN. January 25, 2010. Retrieved May 12, 2010.
  9. ^ "Thrashers ship Kovalchuk to Devils for players, 1st rounder". The Sports Network. February 4, 2010. Retrieved February 5, 2010.
  10. ^ "Wolves Bolster Roster With Five Additions Heading into Playoffs". Chicago Wolves. April 12, 2010. Archived from the original on April 16, 2010. Retrieved April 12, 2010.
  11. ^ http://www.winnipegsun.com/2015/11/04/cormier-called-up-by-jets/
  12. ^ "Moose name Albert captain, give Cormier and MacWilliam an 'A'". Winnipeg Free Press. October 8, 2015.
  13. ^ "Moose sign Cormier, Czuczman". Manitoba Moose. August 30, 2016. Retrieved August 30, 2016.
  14. ^ "Patrice Cormier named Moose captain". Manitoba Moose. October 14, 2016. Retrieved December 3, 2016.
  15. ^ "Moose announce seven signings". Manitoba Moose. July 5, 2017. Retrieved July 5, 2017.
  16. ^ "Patrice Cormier joins Barys Astana" (in Russian). Barys Astana. July 2, 2018. Retrieved July 2, 2018.
  17. ^ "Patrice Cormier transfers to Ak Bars". Ak Bars Kazan. May 4, 2019. Retrieved May 4, 2019.
  18. ^ "IIHF WJC Championship Canada PLAYER STATISTICS BY TEAM 2008–2009" (PDF). IIHF.com. January 18, 2010.[permanent dead link]
  19. ^ "IIHF WJC Championship Canada PLAYER STATISTICS BY TEAM 2009–2010" (PDF). IIHF.com. January 18, 2010.[permanent dead link]
  20. ^ http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=12131
  21. ^ "NHL 2008 Entry Draft Featured Player: Patrice Cromier". 2008nhlentrydraft.com. January 18, 2010. Archived from the original on June 27, 2008. Retrieved January 18, 2010.
  22. ^ Memorial Cup All-Star Teams Archived January 7, 2016, at the Wayback Machine

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