BRAMPTON, ONTARIO – The Brampton Beast, ECHL affiliate of the Montreal Canadiens, are proud to announce that physical two-way centre Corey Durocher will be returning to the Beast after signing a Standard Player Contract (SPC) for the 2017-18 ECHL season.
Durocher, 25, was a sixth round pick of the Florida Panthers in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. The Ottawa, Ontario native played three years in the Ontario Hockey League split between the Kingston Frontenacs and the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. During his tenure in the OHL he tallied 94 points in 191 contests.
After his OHL career, Durocher spent four seasons playing USports hockey at Carleton University where he scored 34 goals and had 39 assists in 90 games.
The former Raven enjoyed a spectacular senior year performance which saw Durocher score 11 goals and earn himself an invitation to play for Team Canada at the International Universiade. While at the tournament, Durocher scored two goals in six games as he helped Canada bring home a bronze medal.
After the USports season ended last march, Durocher signed with the Beast and he played in five regular season games, along with three in the playoffs. Despite being a small sample size, Durocher impressed Head Coach Colin Chaulk with his patience and relentless work ethic.
“Corey came in and was very patient, worked hard, and made the most of his opportunities [while with the team],” Chaulk said.
In Durocher’s eight games with Brampton he had two helpers and played a big role in the playoff series with the Manchester Monarchs which caught the eye of the Beast coaching staff.
“He was really instrumental in the Manchester series,” Chaulk said. “We believe it’s a foreshadowing for him to do the same this season, so we’re excited to have him back for sure.”
The Beast sophomore gained valuable experience during the Kelly Cup Playoff run last season and feels he is ready to become a full-time pro.
“I learned a lot on how to be a pro and how to conduct myself on and off the ice everyday,” Durocher said of his short time with the team last season.
When the the Beast came calling, Durocher was eager to come back to Brampton and help the team build off their success from the 2016-2017 season.
“[Brampton] had a good season last year,” Durocher said. “I see a bright future with the group of guys coming back.”