Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Cory Conacher
Cory Conacher was born on December 14, 1989 in Burlington, Ontario. He played his minor hockey in the OMHA Tri-County League and did not play AAA until Major Midget. He would then play a year with the Burlington Cougars of the OJHL before attending Canisius College in Buffalo, New York.

Conacher would spend four years at Conisius and would ultimately become the school's all-time leader in points (147) and goals (62). Though undrafted by an NHL club, Conacher would sign with the Norfolk Admirals of the AHL in the summer of 2011.

Conacher immediately established himself as a prolific scorer at the AHL level, leading all first year players with 80 points. Along the way Conacher helped the Admirals to a professional hockey record 28 game winning streak and earned a new, two-way contract with the Admirals' NHL affiliate, the Tampa Bay Lightning. Upon leading the Admirals to their first Calder Cup, Conacher was rewarded with the Les Cunningham Award as the league's MVP, becoming just the fourth rookie to capture the award since it was first presented in 1948.

With the NHL locked out, Conacher started the 2012-13 season in the AHL with the Lightning's new AHL affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch, but would join Tampa Bay when NHL play resumed. He immediately made an impact, scoring his first NHL goal in his first NHL game, on opening night against the Washington Capitals in a 6-3 win.

In 35 games with the Lightning during the 2012-13 season, Conacher produced 24 points before being traded at the NHL trade deadline to the Ottawa Senators in exchange for goaltender Ben Bishop. Conacher would finish his first NHL season as the third leading rookie scorer and earn a Calder Trophy nomination, though would lose out to eventual winner Jonathan Huberdeau.

Conacher's first full season with the Senators was a difficult one, as he struggled to find offensive his offensive game. On March 4, 2014, the eve of the 2013-14 NHL trade deadline, Conacher was placed on waivers by the Senators and was subsequently claimed by the Buffalo Sabres on March 5, 2014. He would go on to appear in 19 games for the Sabres, scoring three times and adding three assists.

After a year overseas, Conacher signed with the Tampa Bay Lightning on July 13, 2016 and would return to where he began his NHL career for the 2016-17 season.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
2006-07 Burlington Cougars ON-Jr.A 48 22 40 62 62 6 3 3 6 8
2007-08 Canisius College AH 20 7 10 17 24 +4
2008-09 Canisius College AH 37 12 23 35 40 +1
2009-10 Canisius College AH 35 20 33 53 36 +9
2010-11 Canisius College AH 37 23 19 42 54 0
2010-11 Rochester Americans AHL 2 1 0 1 2 0
2010-11 Cincinnati Cyclones ECHL 3 5 2 7 0 +4
2010-11 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 5 3 2 5 2 -2 7 0 1 1 6
2011-12 Norfolk Admirals AHL 75 39 41 80 114 +19 18 2 13 15 28
2012-13 Syracuse Crunch AHL 36 12 16 28 56 +3
2012-13 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 35 9 15 24 16 -3
2012-13 Ottawa Senators NHL 12 2 3 5 4 +6 8 3 0 3 31
2013-14 Ottawa Senators NHL 60 4 16 20 34 +8
2013-14 Buffalo Sabres NHL 19 3 3 6 16 -7
2014-15 New York Islanders NHL 15 1 2 3 14 -3
2014-15 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 28 5 18 23 30 -8
2014-15 Utica Comets AHL 20 7 9 16 22 +6 23 5 3 8 28
2015-16 SC Bern Swiss 48 22 30 52 68 14 5 4 9 20
2016-17 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 11 1 3 4 4 0
2016-17 Syracuse Crunch AHL 56 17 43 60 113 +10 22 12 16 28 27
NHL Totals 152 20 42 62 88 8 3 0 3 31


AHL All-Rookie Team (2012) AHL Second All-Star Team (2012, 2017) Dudley "Red" Garrett Memorial Trophy (AHL - Rookie of the Year) (2012) Willie Marshall Award (AHL - Top Goal-scorer) (2012) Les Cunningham Award (AHL - MVP) (2012) Signed to an ATO (amateur tryout) contract by Rochester (AHL), March 24, 2011. Signed to an ATO (amateur tryout) contract by Cincinatti (ECHL), March 27, 2011. Signed to an ATO (amateur tryout) contract by Milwaukee (AHL), April 12, 2011. Signed as a free agent by Norfolk (AHL), July 5, 2011. Signed as a free agent by Tampa Bay, March 1, 2012. Traded to Ottawa by Tampa Bay with Philadelphia's 4th round pick (previously acquired, Ottawa selected Tobias Lindberg) in 2013 NHL Draft for Ben Bishop, April 3, 2013. Claimed on waivers by Buffalo from Ottawa, March 5, 2014. Signed as a free agent by NY Islanders, July 1, 2014. Traded to Vancouver by NY Islanders for Dustin Jeffrey, March 2, 2015. Signed as a free agent by Bern (Swiss), July 1, 2015. Signed as a free agent by Tampa Bay, July 13, 2016.
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