Mark Cornforth

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Mark Cornforth
Born (1972-11-13) November 13, 1972 (age 44)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
Played for Boston Bruins
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 1994–2000

Mark Cornforth (born November 13, 1972) is a Canadian retired ice hockey defenseman who played six regular season games for the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League, during the 1995–96 NHL season. He scored no points and collected four penalty minutes.

He later became an educator and coaches high school ice hockey and tennis.

Biography[edit]

Early life and education[edit]

Cornforth was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on November 13, 1972.[1][2][3] He attended Lower Canada College, a private all boys' school in Montreal.[4] He then played in the Canadian Junior Hockey League for two years before attending Merrimack College, where he was captain of both the varsity tennis and ice hockey teams.[4] He also received the Distinguished Scholar Award during his senior year at Merrimack, was recognized as a four-time member of the All-Academic Hockey East Team, and was selected as the Northeast Tennis Player of the Year.[4] He graduated from Merrimack with a degree in Accounting and was on the Dean's List all four years there.[4]

Professional ice hockey career[edit]

After Merrimack, and a two-game stint in the American Hockey League's Syracuse Crunch in 1994–1995, He did not make the NHL out of camp and spent most of the 1995–1996 season with the Providence Bruins, but Cornforth signed a free agent deal with the Boston Bruins in 1995.[1][2] He played his first NHL exhibition game in his hometown of Montreal in the Montreal Forum.[1] He played six games but was unable to score any points.[5] He returned to the Providence Bruins after that, and stayed in the minors for the rest of his career. He split his time between the American Hockey League and the now-defunct International Hockey League. He played on the Cleveland Lumberjacks 1997–1998, the Grand Rapids Griffins 1998, and the Providence Bruins and Springfield Falcons 1998–1999.[3][5] In the 1999–2000 season, he played just two games, one for the Lowell Lock Monsters and one for the Springfield Falcons, and retired in 2000.[1]

Post-hockey career[edit]

After retiring from hockey, he attended Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College. He earned a Master of Business Administration (MBA), and graduated Magna Cum Laude.[4] While studying at Olin, he worked at Citizens Schools, part of Boston Public Schools, teaching Entrepreneurship.[4] He later worked as an accountant with Antiss & Company and as a Finance Project Manager at Fidelity Investments.[4]

In 2015, Cornforth was hired as the new boys' varsity hockey coach by Catholic Memorial School in West Roxbury, Massachusetts, in an "extremely competitive process."[4] He would also be working as the Assistant Director of Admissions.[4] CM President Peter F. Folan commented on the hiring:

"Mark Cornforth is a great educator who believes deeply in the mission of Catholic education. He brings great and diverse talents to the CM community. He has great hockey knowledge and experience at all levels of the game. We are thrilled to have Mark mentor and guide students both on and off of the ice. His professional experience, educational background, and athletic knowledge will have a positive impact on all CM students."[4]

Hockey statistics[edit]

Season Team League Regular Season Playoffs
GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1989–1990 Pembroke Lumber Kings ON-Jr. A 56 17 25 42 104
1990–1991 17 9 11 20 52
Brockville Braves 36 12 23 35 84
1991–1992 Merrimack Warriors H-East 23 1 9 10 40
1992–1993 36 3 18 21 75
1993–1994 37 5 13 18 58
1994–1995 30 8 20 28 93
Syracuse Crunch AHL 2 0 1 1 2
1995–1996 Boston Bruins NHL 6 0 0 0 4
Providence Bruins AHL 65 5 10 15 117 4 0 0 0 4
1996–1997 61 8 12 20 47
Cleveland Lumberjacks IHL 13 1 4 5 25 14 1 3 4 29
1997–1998 68 5 15 20 146
Grand Rapids Griffins 8 1 2 3 20 3 0 0 0 17
1998–1999 Providence Bruins AHL 15 1 1 2 16
Springfield Falcons 5 0 0 0 2
1999–2000 Lowell Lock Monsters 1 0 0 0 2
Springfield Falcons 1 0 0 0 2
Sources:[1][2][3][5]

Personal life[edit]

Cornforth is married to Stacey and has three children, Ava, Meredith, and Gavin. He is fluent in French.[4]

He is a practicing Roman Catholic and is a member of St. Elizabeth's Parish in Milton, Massachusetts, and a former parishioner of Holy Name Church in West Roxbury.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Mark Cornforth". www.hhof.com. Retrieved 2016-02-24. 
  2. ^ a b c "Mark Cornforth". Hockey-Reference.com. Retrieved 2016-02-24. 
  3. ^ a b c "Mark Cornforth hockey statistics and profile at hockeydb.com". www.hockeydb.com. Retrieved 2016-02-24. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Hall, Brendan C. (20 August 2015). "CM names Mark Cornforth hockey coach". ESPN.com. Retrieved 23 February 2016. 
  5. ^ a b c "Mark Cornforth Stats & News". NHL.com. Retrieved 2016-02-24. 

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