Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Corey Schwab
Playing in Maple Leaf Gardens at all was a dream for many hockey players, let alone getting a first NHL win as a goalie on the famed ice. Yet that is exactly what Corey Schwab experienced in the 1996-96 season with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

In a talent-rich 1990 Entry Draft that included such future stars as Jaromir Jagr, Mike Ricci, Owen Nolan, and Doug Weight, Schwab was taken by the New Jersey Devils in the tenth round, 200th overall while playing with the WHL's Seattle Thunderbirds.

Following a three year career in Seattle, Schwab saw time with the IHL's Cincinnati Cyclones and the AHL's Utica Devils before settling in with the AHL's Albany River Rats for three seasons. During the 1994-95 season, Schwab was joined by fellow 1990 draftee Mike Dunham between the pipes. While Schwab led the league in goals against average with 2.59, the two combined for the AHL's fewest goals against and were awarded the Harry "Hap" Holmes Memorial Trophy as well as the Jack A. Butterfield Trophy as the playoff MVP's helping the River Rats capture their first Calder Cup title.

The next season, Schwab saw his first action in the NHL when he was called up to New Jersey where he appeared in ten games. At the end of the season, he was traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning, where he stayed for three seasons. He then went out West to the Vancouver Canucks for another brief stay and spent time that year with the AHL's Syracuse Crunch and IHL's Orlando Solar Bears before moving on to play with the IHL's Kansas City Blades in 2000-01.

Schwab began the 2001-02 season at the Toronto Maple Leafs' training camp without a contract. After an impressive pre-season, he was signed to the team as the backup goaltender for Curtis Joseph. Schwab started 30 games for the Leafs and had a career high 12 wins before signing as a free agent in the off-season with the team that originally drafted him back in 1990, the New Jersey Devils.

The return to New Jersey was very timely for Schwab, as the Devils claimed the Stanley Cup in 2003 - the franchise's third title in nine years and Schwab's first as a player.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1988-89 North Battleford North Stars SJHL
1988-89 Seattle Thunderbirds WHL 10 2 2 0 0 4.82
1989-90 Seattle Thunderbirds WHL 27 15 2 1 1 3.60 3 0 0 0 2.45
1990-91 Seattle Thunderbirds WHL 58 32 18 3 0 4.09 6 1 5 0 3.93
1991-92 Utica Devils AHL 24 9 12 1 0 4.31
1991-92 Cincinnati Cyclones ECHL 8 6 0 1 0 4.13 9 6 3 0 3.22
1992-93 Utica Devils AHL 40 18 16 5 2 4.25 1 0 1 0 6.10
1992-93 Cincinnati Cyclones IHL 3 1 2 0 0 5.51
1993-94 Albany River Rats AHL 51 27 21 3 0 3.61 5 1 4 0 4.02
1994-95 Albany River Rats AHL 45 25 10 9 3 2.59 7 6 1 0 2.68
1995-96 New Jersey Devils NHL 10 0 3 0 0 2.18
1995-96 Albany River Rats AHL 5 3 2 0 0 2.61
1996-97 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 31 11 12 1 2 3.04
1997-98 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 16 2 9 1 1 2.92
1998-99 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 40 8 25 3 0 3.52
1998-99 Cleveland Lumberjacks IHL 8 1 6 1 0 3.89
1999-00 Orlando Solar Bears IHL 16 9 4 2 1 2.14
1999-00 Vancouver Canucks NHL 6 2 1 1 0 3.57
1999-00 Syracuse Crunch AHL 12 7 5 0 0 3.50 4 1 3 1 2.69
2000-01 Kansas City Blades IHL 50 22 24 1 2 3.14
2001-02 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 30 12 10 5 1 2.73 1 0 0 0 0.00
2002-03 New Jersey Devils NHL 11 5 3 1 1 1.47 2 0 0 0 0.00
2003-04 New Jersey Devils NHL 3 2 0 1 1 0.64
NHL Totals 147 42 63 13 6 2.88 3 0 0 0 0.00


AHL Second All-Star Team (1995)
Harry ``Hap'' Holmes Memorial Award (fewest goals against - AHL) (1995) (shared with Mike Dunham)
Jack A. Butterfield Trophy (Playoff MVP - AHL) (1995) (co-winner - Mike Dunham)
Traded to Tampa Bay by New Jersey for Jeff Reese, Chicago's 2nd round pick (previously acquired, New Jersey selected Pierre Dagenais) in 1996 NHL Draft and Tampa Bay's 8th round pick (Jay Bertsch) in 1996 NHL Draft, June 22, 1996. Claimed by Atlanta from Tampa Bay in Expansion Draft, June 25, 1999. Traded to Vancouver by Atlanta for Vancouver's 4th round pick (Carl Mallette) in 2000 NHL Draft, October 29, 1999. Signed as a free agent by Toronto, October 1, 2001. Signed as a free agent by New Jersey, July 8, 2002.
Missed majority of 2003-04 due to groin injury vs. NY Rangers, November 15, 2003.
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