There is an updated article on this player here: Corey Locke
Not long ago, we were talking about how cool it would be if the unsigned Corey Locke ended up with Eispiraten Crimmitschau, recreating the 2002-03 Ottawa 67’s dynamic duo with Matt Foy. The two combined for 283 points that year, Foy’s only year in the league. Well, Locke has found a hockey home for 2015-16. It’s temporary and it’s in Switzerland, not Germany. Corey has signed a short term deal with EHC Visp of Switzerland’s National League B with the option of an extension. If all the red tape is taken care of, Locke should be able to play his first game within the week.
Locke played three years in the Ontario Hockey League from 2001-02 to 2003-04, all with the Ottawa 67’s. Ottawa took him in the fourth round of the 2000 OHL Priority Selection, 80th overall. Over his career, he scored 132 and assisted on 180 for 312 points in just 186 regular season games. In the playoffs, Corey added 61 points in 43 games.
Twice, he was an Eddie Powers Trophy winner as the top scorer in the league. Twice, he was the recipient of the Red Tilson Trophy as OHL most valuable player. Locke was CHL Player of the Year in 2002-03.
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 and Germany’s DEL. His National Hockey League experience is limited to nine games with the Canadiens, New York Rangers and Ottawa Senators. He last played a game in the NHL during the 2010-11 season.
In 2010-11, mostly playing in the American Hockey League with the Binghamton Senators, Locke was awarded the John B. Sollenberger Trophy as scoring leader and the Les Cunningham Award as MVP. The Senators won the Calder Cup championship. It was the second time Corey was part of an AHL championship team, winning the Calder Cup with the Hamilton Bulldogs in 2006-07.
This past season, 2014-15, Locke scored nine and totalled 30 points over 44 games with the Nurnberg Ice Tigers in Germany’s Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL). In eight playoff games, he added nine points.
The franchise dates back to 1939 and was promoted to the NLB for the 1999-00 season. In 2010-11 and 2013-14, Visp went all the way and were crowned champions. In 2014-15, the team was downed in the quarter-finals. Homes games are played at the Litternahalle in Visp, Switzerland. The venue seats 4,300 and opened in 1979.
Visp is located in the Rhone Valley in Southern Switzerland, near the border with Italy. The population is a meagre 7,500 and the whole town is included in the Inventory of Swiss Heritage Sites.