Ottawa 67’s grad Corey Locke led the Austria based Erste Bank Eishockey Liga in 2016-17 with 64 assists and 76 points. Locke remains in the EBEL for 2017-18 but has switched teams, joining EHC Linz. He is off to a point per game start, 14 games into the 52 games schedule. Corey is joined on the roster by fellow OHL grads Michael Ouzas and Jonathan D’Aversa.
Corey Locke played three years in the Ontario Hockey League from 2001-02 to 2003-04 with the Ottawa 67’s. Locke was a fourth round pick by the 67’s at the 2000 OHL Priority Selection, 80th overall. Over his three years, Corey put up 132 goals and 180 assists for 312 points in 186 regular season games. In 43 playoff games, he added 61 points.
In his final two years in the OHL, Locke was awarded both the Eddie Powers Trophy as scoring leader and the Red Tilson Trophy as most valuable player. He topped out with 151 points in 2002-03, still a far cry from Bobby Smith’s team record of 192 points.
The Montreal Canadiens selected Locke in the fourth round of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, 113th overall. Since 2004-05, he has played pro hockey in the AHL, NHL, Finland’s Liiga, Germany’s DEL, Switzerland’s NLB and the EBEL.
Before heading to Europe, Corey had success in the American Hockey League. He was a member of the 2006-07 Calder Cup champion Hamilton Bulldogs and the 2010-11 championship team, the Binghamton Senators. In 2010-11, he was awarded the John B. Sollenberger Trophy as top scorer and the Les Cunningham Trophy as MVP. Locke was a Second Team All-Star in 2009-10 with the Hartford Wolf Pack and a First Team All-Star in 2010-11 with Binghamton.
In the National Hockey League, Corey has played just nine games. He appeared in a single game with the Canadiens in 2007-08, three with the New York Rangers in 2009-10 and five with the Ottawa Senators in 2010-11.
In 2016-17, Locke played 52 games for Villacher SV in the EBEL. He scored 12 goals and assisted on 64 for 76 points. As mentioned, he led the league in assists and points. This season, after 14 games, Corey has three goals and eleven assists for 14 points.
EHC Linz Black Wings were founded in 1992 and play home games at the Keine Sorgen EisArena in Linz, Austria, a 4,865 seat venue that opened in 1986. The team was last EBEL champs in 2011-12 and have reached the post season each year since 2006-07. They have started off 2017-18 second place overall after 14 games.
Michael Ouzas has been with Linz since 2013-14. The goaltender played four years in the OHL from 2002-03 to 2005-06 with the Barrie Colts, Toronto Majors, Mississauga IceDogs and Owen Sound Attack. Jonathan D’Aversa played four years in the Ontario Hockey League from 2003-04 to 2006-07, all with the Sudbury Wolves. D’Aversa is in his sixth year in the EBEL and his second year with Linz.
Corey Locke OHL Stats