Corey Locke has found a hockey home for 2014-15, joining Derek Joslin and Jason Jaspers with the Nurnberg Ice Tigers of Germany’s DEL. Locke and Joslin were teammates with the Ottawa 67’s in 2003-04 when Corey was leading the OHL in scoring for the second straight season. The Ice Tigers have not had the greatest of starts this year and hopefully Locke’s offensive talents will give the team a boost. Interestingly, all three were not high prospects in the OHL draft but went on to excel in their junior careers.
Locke played three years in the Ontario Hockey League from 2001-02 to 2003-04 with the Ottawa 67’s. Ottawa selected him in the fourth round of the 2000 OHL Priority Selection, 80th overall. In both 2002-03 and 2003-04, Corey was awarded the Eddie Powers Trophy as the OHL’s leading scorer and the Red Tilson Trophy as the league’s MVP.
The Montreal Canadiens picked him in the fourth round of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, 113th overall. Corey has played pro since 2004-05 in the AHL, NHL, Finland’s Liiga and the DEL. Between 2007-08 and 2010-11, he appeared in nine National Hockey League games with the Canadiens, New York Rangers and Ottawa Senators.
In 2010-11, Locke once more doubled up on hardware, this time in the American Hockey League. With the Binghamton Senators, Corey was awarded the John B. Sollenberger Trophy as the AHL’s scoring leader and the Les Cunningham Award as the league’s most valuable player.
Corey has previous experience in the DEL. In 2012-13, he played 16 regular season and 13 playoff games for Eisbaren Berlin. The team was crowned DEL playoff champions that season. this past year, Locke played in the AHL, appearing in 36 games for the Chicago Wolves and 30 games with the Abbotsford Heat. He also played four Calder Cup playoff games with Abbotsford.
Joslin played four years in the OHL from 2003-04 to 2006-07 with Ottawa. He was a lowly tenth round pick by the 67’s at the 2003 OHL Priority Selection but two years later was drafted into the NHL by the San Jose Sharks, going in the fifth round of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, 149th overall.
Derek’s first pro action came at the end of the 2005-06 season when he played two games in the AHL with the Cleveland Barons. He has been a full-time pro player since 2007-08, playing in the AHL, NHL and Sweden’s SHL. Joslin played 116 games in the National Hockey League between 2008-09 and 2012-13 with the Sharks, Carolina Hurricanes and Vancouver Canucks. In 2013-14, he played for AIK in Sweden’s SHL.
Jaspers played three years in the OHL from 1998-99 to 2000-01 with the Sudbury Wolves. He was a fourth round pick by the Wolves at the 1998 OHL Priority Selection, 69th overall. Over his three years, Jason totalled 252 points on 116 goals and 136 assists over 199 regular season games. He led the OHL with a +47 in 1999-00 and won a bronze medal with Canada at the 2001 IIHF World Juniors.
The Phoenix Coyotes took Jaspers in the third round of the 1999 NHL Entry Draft, 71st overall, after just his first year in the OHL – not bad for a fourth rounder just a year before. Jason has played pro since 2001-02 in the NHL, AHL and DEL. Like Corey Locke, his NHL experience is limited to just nine games. He played all his NHL games with the Coyotes between 2001-02 and 2003-04.
Jason has been in the DEL since 2006-07. In his first season, he won a championship with Adler Mannheim. 2014-15 is his third year with Nurnberg.
Nurnberg Ice Tigers
Officially the Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers Nurnberg, the team entered play in the DEL for the 1995-96 season. No championships yet for Nurnberg but they did reach the finals in 1998-99 and 2006-07. The Ice Tigers play home games at the Arena Nurnberger Versicherung in Nurnberg, Germany. The venue seats 8,300 for hockey and was opened in 2001.