Cory Conacher

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Cory Conacher
Cory Conacher.jpg
Conacher with the Islanders in October 2014
Born (1989-12-14) December 14, 1989 (age 25)
Burlington, ON, CAN
Height 5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
Weight 180 lb (82 kg; 12 st 12 lb)
Position Center
Shoots Left
NHL team (P)
Cur. team
Former teams
New York Islanders
Bridgeport Sound Tigers (AHL)
Tampa Bay Lightning
Ottawa Senators
Buffalo Sabres
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2011–present

Cory Conacher (born December 14, 1989) is a Canadian professional ice hockey center currently playing for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the American Hockey League (AHL).

Playing career[edit]

Growing up in Burlington, Ontario, Conacher spent most of his minor hockey career playing AA and A hockey in the OMHA's Tri-County League until playing AAA at Major Midget in 2005-06 season. He spent two years playing Midget for the Eagles before graduating as an 18-year old to the OJHL's Burlington Cougars Jr.A. club in 2006-07.

Conacher with the Senators during the 2013 playoffs

Prior to turning professional, Conacher played college hockey at Canisius College with the Canisius Golden Griffins men's ice hockey team. He would ultimately become the school's all-time leader in points (147), goals (62) and game-winning goals (12) in 129 games.[1]

Cory Conacher in the penalty box in Pittsburgh

Largely due to his diminutive size, Conacher went undrafted through his four years with Canisius. However, Conacher became the program's most decorated player, setting 12 records, and was subsequently signed after his senior year in 2010–11 to amateur try-out contracts with the Rochester Americans, Cincinnati Cyclones and the Milwaukee Admirals. As a free agent on July 6, 2011, Conacher signed a one-year contract with the Norfolk Admirals of the AHL.[2]

In the 2011–12 season, after attending the Tampa Bay Lightning pre-season camp,[3] Conacher was selected to play in the 2012 AHL All-Star Classic, after leading all rookies in scoring. While leading the Admirals in goals and points, Conacher signed a two-year, two-way contract with the Admirals' NHL affiliate, the Tampa Bay Lightning, on March 1, 2012.[4] Upon helping the Admirals capture their first Calder Cup, Conacher's successful season was rewarded with the Les Cunningham Award as the league's MVP, becoming just the fourth rookie to win it since it was first presented in 1948. Conacher was subsequently awarded the Dudley "Red" Garrett Memorial Award and was also named to the AHL All-Rookie team and the Second AHL All-Star Team.[5]

With the NHL lockout in effect, Conacher started the 2012–13 season with Tampa's new AHL affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch. Once the lockout concluded Conacher was recalled by the Lightning to attend training camp for the shortened NHL season. He immediately made an impact with Tampa Bay, scoring his first NHL goal in his first NHL game on January 19, 2013, on opening night against Braden Holtby of the Washington Capitals in a 6-3 win. Conacher continued to be productive and placed second in NHL rookie scoring with 24 points in 35 games before being dealt at the trade deadline (along with a 2013 fourth-round draft pick) to the Ottawa Senators in exchange for goaltender Ben Bishop on April 3, 2013.[6]

Conacher's first full season with the Senators was a difficult one, as he struggled to find offensive consistency. Through his first 58 games of the season he recorded only four goals and was a healthy scratch on multiple occasions. Conacher's offensive struggles were perhaps magnified by the fact that goaltender Bishop, the player he had been traded for, was playing very well in Tampa Bay and was frequently receiving mention as a Vezina Trophy candidate. On March 4, 2014, the eve of the 2013-14 NHL trade deadline, Conacher was placed on waivers by the Senators.[7] He was subsequently claimed by the Buffalo Sabres on March 5, 2014.[8]

The Sabres declined to offer Conacher a contract extension, which allowed him to become a free agent on June 30, 2014. The team was undecided in regard to retaining his rights, only deciding at the last minute to release him.[9]

On July 1, 2014, Conacher was signed as a free agent by the New York Islanders on a one year, $600,000 contract.[10] After playing in 15 of the team's first 29 games, Conacher was placed on waivers by the Islanders on December 12, 2014. He cleared waivers and was assigned to the team's minor league affiliate, Bridgeport Sound Tigers, the following day.[11]

Personal[edit]

Conacher was born with a rare condition in which his bladder was outside his body. As a result, he underwent a ten hour surgical procedure at only five days old in which doctors reconstructed his pelvis in order to place his bladder back into his body. The situation was so severe that doctors informed his parents that he might never walk properly.[12] Additionally, Conacher has suffered from Type 1 Diabetes since the age of eight. When not playing he often has an insulin pump attached to his hip to regulate his sugar levels.[1]

Conacher is a distant relative of Hockey Hall of Famers Charlie, Roy, and Lionel Conacher.[13]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2005–06 Burlington Eagles OMHA 48 30 33 63 30
2006–07 Burlington Cougars OPJHL 48 22 40 62 62
2007–08 Canisius College AHA 20 7 10 17 24
2008–09 Canisius College AHA 37 12 23 35 42
2009–10 Canisius College AHA 35 20 33 53 36
2010–11 Canisius College AHA 37 23 19 42 54
2010–11 Rochester Americans AHL 2 1 0 1 2
2010–11 Cincinnati Cyclones ECHL 3 5 2 7 0
2010–11 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 5 3 2 5 2 7 0 1 1 6
2011–12 Norfolk Admirals AHL 75 39 41 80 114 18 2 13 15 28
2012–13 Syracuse Crunch AHL 36 12 16 28 56
2012–13 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 35 9 15 24 16
2012–13 Ottawa Senators NHL 12 2 3 5 6 8 3 0 3 31
2013–14 Ottawa Senators NHL 60 4 16 20 34
2013–14 Buffalo Sabres NHL 19 3 3 6 16
NHL totals 126 18 37 55 70 8 3 0 3 31

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year
All-Atlantic Hockey First Team 2009–10 [14]
Atlantic Hockey Player of the Year 2009–10 [15]
All-Atlantic Hockey Second Team 2010–11
AHL Les Cunningham Award 2011–12 [5]
AHL Dudley "Red" Garrett Memorial Award 2011–12 [16]
AHL All-Rookie Team 2011–12 [17]
AHL Second All-Star Team 2011–12 [18]
AHL Calder Cup 2011–12 [19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Wharnsby, Tim (October 9, 2012). "Cory Conacher has overcome plenty, including surname". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved April 4, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Conacher signs AHL contract". wgrz.com. 2011-07-06. Retrieved 2011-07-06. 
  3. ^ "Undrafted free-agent Cory Conacher in the mix for roster spot with Tampa Bay". TampaBay.com. 2011-09-23. Retrieved 2011-09-23. 
  4. ^ "Lightning sign forward Cory Conacher". Tampa Bay Lightning. 2012-03-01. Retrieved 2012-03-01. 
  5. ^ a b "Conacher voted AHL MVP". American Hockey League. 2012-04-13. Retrieved 2012-04-13. 
  6. ^ "Lightning get Bishop in exchange for Conacher". National Hockey League. 2013-04-03. Retrieved 2013-04-03. 
  7. ^ "Senators place Conacher, Corvo on waivers". The Sports Network. 2014-03-04. Retrieved 2014-03-04. 
  8. ^ "Waiver wire: Sabres claim Conacher, Bruins claim Potter". The Sports Network. 2014-03-05. Retrieved 2014-03-05. 
  9. ^ Hoppe, Bill (July 1, 2014). "Sabres let Cory Conacher and Jamie McBain go, Sam Reinhart visits Buffalo for first time". Retrieved July 1, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Islanders sign Johnson, Conacher and Brennan". National Hockey League. 2014-07-01. Retrieved 2014-07-01. 
  11. ^ "Islanders Transactions: Cory Conacher on waivers; Sound Tigers sign Colton Gillies. Update: Conacher clears waivers". Lighthouse Hockey. December 12, 2014. Retrieved December 13, 2014. 
  12. ^ The Little Train that Did http://www.westlakeword.com/sports/2013/03/18/the-little-train-that-did/
  13. ^ "Burlington's little big man Conacher turning some heads in Norfolk". thespec.com. 2012-03-05. Retrieved 2012-03-05. 
  14. ^ "NCAA 2010 AHA All-Star Team". Eliteprospects.com. 2010-04-05. Retrieved 2012-04-03. 
  15. ^ "Conacher gets off to another hot start". InsideCollegeHockey.com. 2010-10-15. Retrieved 2012-01-02. 
  16. ^ "Conacher named top rookie". American Hockey League. 2012-04-12. Retrieved 2012-04-12. 
  17. ^ "AHL All-Rookie Team announced". American Hockey League. 2012-04-04. Retrieved 2012-04-12. 
  18. ^ "2011–12 First and Second All-Stars named". American Hockey League. 2012-04-05. Retrieved 2012-04-05. 
  19. ^ "Admirals win 2012 Calder Cup Championship". Norfolk Admirals. 2012-06-09. Retrieved 2012-06-09. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Jacques Lamoureux
Atlantic Hockey Player of the Year
2009–10
Succeeded by
Paul Zanette
Preceded by
Jacques Lamoureux
Atlantic Hockey Regular Season Scoring Trophy
2009–10
Succeeded by
Paul Zanette