May 8, 1984 |
Newmarket, ON, CAN
|Height||5 ft 10 in (178 cm)|
|Weight||168 lb (76 kg; 12 st 0 lb)|
New York Rangers
|NHL Draft||113th overall, 2003
Corey Michael Locke (born May 8, 1984) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player. Locke currently plays for the Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga. 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, 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 team-mate 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.
|2009–10||Hartford Wolf Pack||AHL||76||31||54||85||44||—||—||—||—||—|
|2009–10||New York Rangers||NHL||3||0||0||0||0||—||—||—||—||—|
Awards and achievements
- 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