Bolt Prospect Of The Week: Cory Conacher

This Bolt prospect of the week hails
Property Of The AHL
Burlington, Ontario.   Conacher is the young age of 22. Cory is listed at 5’8 and weighs 180 pounds. Before college and pro, the Burlington native played Junior A hockey in the Ontario Junior Hockey Leauge for his hometown Burlington Cougars putting up 62 points in 48 games played.

Cory played his college hockey for Canisius College.  Conacher was named the 2009-2010 Atlantic Hockey Player of the Year.  While majoring in Finance and playing D-1
hockey, Cory put up 147 points.  He owns
12 single game records as well as single
season records.  Cory raised the bar by recording
12 GWG and 3 hat tricks over his 4 year stay at
Canisius.

                                                                

After earning his degree in Finance and
graduating from Canisius, Cory played in 3
games with the Cincinnati Cyclones of the
ECHL netting 5 goals and 2 assits in 7 games
at the end of the  2010-2011 season. He also played 2 games with the Rochester Americans where he lit the lamp once in two
games.  After the Americans were done with
his service, he caught on with the Milwaukee Admirals were he had 5 points in 5 games. Conacher also played 7 games in the
AHL playoffs in 2010-2011and only registered
1 point.

Conacher has type one diabetes. This
has not stopped Conacher who has
managed his diabetes and hockey
since the age of 12.  The insulin pump he wears helps him manage his sugar levels. His diabetes and his size has scared NHL teams away in the past. Conacher has proven that he can take care of his body and play at the high level the American Hockey Leauge requires.

In the summer of 2010-2011 Conacher signed an AHL SPC
with the Norfolk Admirals and received an invite to NHL Training
Camp as well as Prospect Camp with the Tampa Bay Lightning in the summer. During pre-season he
caught the attention of Tampa’s
top brass.   He was rewarded
by being put on a line with
NHL superstars St. Louis and Lecaiver.

In his rookie campaign with the Admirals Conacher signed a 2 year deal with Tampa
during the middle of the season. Conacher
won the Les Cunningham Award which is awarded to the AHL MVP.  Conacher’s
Award Ceremony didn’t stop there.   He
also took home the Dudley (red) Garrett
Memorial Award which goes to the AHL
top rookie.  Conacher is a scrappy forward
who doesn’t back down from a scrum or dust
up. He will stand up for himself which I
admire in a small player.  He has earned the nickname the Honey Badger because of his
never back down attitude. Conacher has a
brother who is following in his foot steps.
Shane Conacher plays for Cory’s old
Junior A team the Burlington Cougars and
is attending Cory’s Alma matter Canisius 
College on a scholarship. During the AHL
All-Star game the announcer for the game
said we could see Cory in the NHL as soon
as the next year. The sky is the limit for Cory.

Topics: Ahl, Cory Conacher, NHL, Syracuse Crunch, Tampa Bay Lightning

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