Status: NHL left winger from 1985 to 2004 with Montreal, Edmonton, St. Louis, Toronto and Dallas. Played in three NHL all-star games, two Stanley Cup finals, 1998 Olympics and 1991 Canada Cup.
Ht: 6-foot-1 Wt: 202 pounds.
DOB: August 13, 1966 In: Barrie, Ont.
Hockey Inspiration: “My dad (Paul).”
Nicknames: “Cors, Corky, Hammer.”
Hobbies/Leisure Activities: “Obviously, I like all sports. Fishing, water skiing, riding dirt bikes, moto-cross, a little bit of golf, a little bit of tennis.”
Favorite Movie: “Scarface.”
Early Hockey Memory: “I had so many great memories playing minor hockey. But I had a lot of support from my sisters (Patti, Shannon), my mom (June) and dad. They gave up a lot of their stuff to follow me around and watch me play. My sisters gave the opportunity to my parents to take me to all my practices and games and tournaments. They sacrificed a lot to be there to support me. All my minor career I really enjoyed it. I was fortunate to play on a really good team, great bunch of guys and we won a lot of championships. But probably the first biggest moment for me was when we played in the Quebec major peewee tournament and made it to the final. Nobody thought we’d even win a game there. Made it to the final and played in front of about 16,000 people at the Quebec Colisee. So that was one big highlight.”
Favorite Meal: “Probably steak and potatoes.”
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: “Chocolate.”
First Job: “Washing dishes at my parents’ restaurant (Mom’s Pantry).”
First Car: “A used black Chevy Camaro that my dad and I fixed up. Great car. I was lucky to have a car at that age. Had a lot of fun in it.”
Greatest Sports Moment: “Well, obviously being drafted to the NHL at the Forum by the Montreal Canadiens (first round, eighth overall in 1984). A dream come true for me. It was my first major step of realizing my dream to play in the NHL. Being drafted by the Montreal Canadiens – right at the Montreal Forum – was a big highlight of mine. Obviously, playing in the Stanley Cup final a couple of times with the Canadiens (1987 and 1989) and winning the Canada Cup in ’91 was a big highlight.”
Most Painful Moment: “Had a lot of them (smiles). Twenty years. But probably losing in the Olympics in ’98 and not getting the opportunity to win the gold medal for Canada – that was tough to swallow.”
Funny Hockey Memory: “I had a lot of fun times. Probably when I was away at summer hockey camp. One night the instructors tore our clothes off, took ’em and made us run back to our cabins naked. So that was one of the worst things. Fortunately it was summer, so it didn’t get too cold. More embarrassing than anything (at age 10).”
Closest Hockey Friend(s): “Darcy Tucker, Travis Green, Chris Chelios…I became very good friends with Mike Keane in Montreal.”
Funniest Player(s) Encountered: “Marc Bergevin. That’s another I was really close to, when I played in St. Louis. So he’s another really good friend. And he’s hilarious. Knows how to keep the guys loose. And he’s quite a jokester.”
Toughest Competitors: “Well, I’d have to say one of the biggest battles I’ve always had was with Cam Neely, when he played in Boston and I played with Montreal. And the kid in Detroit who got injured in the car crash – Vladimir Konstantinov – we had some good battles in the playoffs, when I played in St. Louis. But hockey players are very loyal and close. We battle hard and say things on the ice, but once we are off it, we are really close.”
Personality Qualities Most Admired: “Well, obviously, I admire my dad and my mom. They were great to me and that’s the reason I played in the NHL. I guess loyalty, honesty and respect. Give respect. If you want respect you have to give respect. Those are the main qualities.”
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