May 8, 1984 |
Newmarket, ON, CAN
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Weight||168 lb (76 kg; 12 st 0 lb)|
New York Rangers
|NHL Draft||113th overall, 2003
Corey Locke (born May 8, 1984) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player. Locke currently plays for the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League. Since he made his professional debut in 2004, he has mainly played in the AHL, with appearances in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers and Ottawa Senators.
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 Corey Locke and Matt Foy formed the most dangerous and dominant tandem in Ontario major junior hockey. Locke's outstanding season saw him drafted 113th overall in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft by the Montreal Canadiens. Locke 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. Corey won the Calder Cup with the Hamilton Bulldogs in the 2006–07 AHL season. Being a player who is relatively small in stature he had been an inspiration to many small young hockey players across Canada, particularly in the Hamilton area due to his time with the Hamilton Bulldogs. In the 2007–08 season, Corey played his fourth consecutive season with the Bulldogs. Scoring at almost a point-per game average with Hamilton, Locke finally made his NHL debut, playing one game with 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 re-assigned to the Houston Aeros, leading the team to the West Conference finals with 23 points in the final.
In 2009 signed a one-year deal with the New York Rangers. He was then re-assigned 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, Corey 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, Locke won the AHL's MVP award, and the Senators won the AHL championship. In the 2011-12 season, Locke was injured most of the season and Binghamton failed to make the playoffs. Locke did not play for the NHL Senators although he was added to the playoff roster.
In 2012, Locke left the Senators to sign with TPS of the Finnish SM-liiga. After scoring only five goals, and TPS not in championship contention, Locke was moved in January 2013 to Berlin to join the Polar Bears of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga. Locke joined former OHL team-mate Matt Foy on the team.
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.
Awards and achievements
|2009–10||Hartford Wolf Pack||AHL||76||31||54||85||44||—||—||—||—||—|
|2009–10||New York Rangers||NHL||3||0||0||0||0||—||—||—||—||—|
- July 11, 2008 - Montreal Canadiens (NHL) traded Corey Locke to Minnesota Wild (NHL) for Shawn Belle.
- July 3, 2009 - Signed as unrestricted free agent by the New York Rangers
- July 7, 2010 - Signed as unrestricted free agent by the Ottawa Senators
- "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. 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. 2013-07-30. Retrieved 2013-07-30.
- "2010-11 First and Second All-Stars named". American Hockey League. 2011-03-31. Retrieved 2011-03-31.
- "Locke voted AHL MVP". American Hockey League. 2011-04-08. Retrieved 2011-04-08.
- Corey Locke's career statistics at EliteProspects.com
- Corey Locke's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
- Corey Locke's player profile at NHL.com
- Corey Locke's player profile at TSN.ca
|CHL Player of the Year