It didn't take recent Canisius College graduate Cory Conacher long to connect with a professional hockey team. Conacher, who owns 12 program records and is consequently the most decorated player in the program's history, has signed with the Norfolk Admirals-the AHL affiliate of the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Conacher was the 2009-10 Atlantic Hockey Player of the Year and a two-time All-MAAC selection. In his career he totaled 147 points and 62 goals. As a senior at Canisius, he led the Golden Griffs with 42 points and 23 goals-including four game winners.
Conacher said signing with Norfolk is a dream come true, but he won't soon forget his time in Buffalo.
"I learned so much from everybody at Canisius and I'd like to thank everyone that has helped me during my four years," Conacher said. "I have to give credit to so many people for developing me into the person I am today. My teammates at Canisius were one of a kind and I wouldn't be in the position I am today without the help from them."
Rochester Americans fans might recognize Conacher's name. He played with the Amerks last year after finishing his collegiate career at Canisius. Conacher tallied one goal in two games for Rochester, and he went on to play for the Cincinnati Cyclones of the ECHL and the Milwaukee Admirals of the AHL.
"I am really looking forward to my time with the Norfolk Admirals," Conacher said. "Both the team and the organization are run so well and I am excited to prove that they have made a terrific decision."
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