|Position: Right Wing / Center
Born: December 18, 1967
Birthplace: Salisbury, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
Height: 6'2" Weight: 212 lbs.
Drafted by: Buffalo Sabres, 3rd Round, 47th
Overall, 1986 NHL Entry Draft
Seasons with Buffalo: 1989-90, 1991-92 - 1992-93
Uniform Numbers: 42, 29
|A graduate of Triton Regional High School, where he was a star hockey player, Bob Corkum enrolled at the Universtiy of Maine in 1985. Corkum played for the Maine Black Bears from the 1985-86 season until 1988-89. Corkum was Maine's second leading scorer in his freshman year, finishing with 33 points. During Corkum's tenure at Maine, the Black Bears improved from last place in Hockey East in 1985-86 to back-to-back Hockey East Championships in 1987-88 and 1988-89. The team won a birth in the NCAA "Frozen Four" in 1989.|
|A tough, physical winger who could also play at center, Corkum was a sure bet to be taken in the NHL Draft. Corkum was eligible for the Draft in 1988, and was selected in the 3rd Round by the Buffalo Sabres. Corkum joined the Sabres organization in 1989, after finishing his final year of college. He was assigned to the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League for his first professional season. Corkum played in 43 games for the Amerks during the 1989-90 season, scoring 8 times and adding 11 assists.
Corkum was called up to Buffalo late in the season to join the Sabres for the stretch run. He wasted little time making his presence known, scoring a goal on his first shot in his first NHL game, March 16, 1990 versus the Toronto Maple Leafs. Corkum played in 8 NHL games during the 1989-90 season, scoring one more goal before the end of the season. He also played in 5 games for the Sabres in the 1990 Playoffs, adding his first NHL Playoff goal.
When the Sabres were eliminated in the First Round of the 1990 Playoffs, Corkum was returned to Rochester where he appeared in 12
|Playoff games for the Amerks, scoring 2 goals and 7 assists and helping the Amerks advance to the Calder Cup Finals.
Corkum remained in Rochester for the entire 1990-91 season. In 69 games for Rochester, Corkum scored 13 goals and 21 assists, and established himself as one of the Amerks' best defensive forwards. In the Playoffs, Corkum played in 15 games, scoring 4 goals and 4 assists as the Amerks once again made their way to the Calder Cup Finals.
|Corkum split the 1991-92 season between Rochester and Buffalo, spending the majority of his time in Rochester. Corkum played in 52 games as an Amerk during the season, scoring 16 goals and 12 assists. He was in the Buffalo lineup for 20 games during the season, scoring twice and adding four assists. He also played in 4 of Buffalo's 7 Playoff games in 1992, scoring one powerplay goal as the Sabres were eliminated by the Boston Bruins.
In 1992-93, Corkum became a regular in the Buffalo lineup, playing the full season there. Corkum scored 6 goals and 4 assists in 68 games played during his first full NHL season.
Able to protect only 9 forwards in the 1993 Expansion Draft which would welcome Anaheim and Florida to the League, Corkum was left off of Buffalo's protected list and he was snapped up, along with defenseman Bill Houlder, by the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim.
Corkum joined the Ducks for the 1993-94 season. His play was one of the few high points of the team's inaugural season. With more playing time than he gotten in the Sabres lineup, Corkum responded, turning in his best offensive season as a pro. He led the
|team with 23 goals, and finished second on the team with 51 total points.
Corkum played parts of two more seasons as a member of the Mighty Ducks. In 1996, Corkum was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers. Corkum finished the 1996-97 season with the Flyers. During his years in Anaheim and Philadelphia, Corkum developed into a solid defensive forward, utilized more often as a center than a winger, as he was most often used in Buffalo. Corkum's offensive numbers declined, as he was increasingly used as a checker and penalty killer.
Unprotected in the 1996 Waiver Draft, Corkum was claimed by the Phoenix Coyotes. Corkum played three seasons in Phoenix, missing only 13 games to injury during that time. An unrestricted free agent at the end of the 1998-99 season, Corkum would eventually sign with the Los Angeles Kings in December, 1999. Corkum played parts of two seasons as a member of the Kings.
With limited playing time in Los Angeles, Corkum's defensive play began to fall off. Increasingly inconsistent, the Kings reassigned Corkum to the Lowell Lock Monsters, their AHL affiliate in February of 2001. Corkum resisted the demotion to the mnors, and asked to be traded. Two days after the demotion, before Corkum could play a game in Lowell, he was traded to the New Jersey Devils.
Corkum remained with the Devils through the end of the 2000-01 season and through the 2001 Playoffs. Corkum played in 12 Playoff games for New Jersey in 2001, as the Devils advanced to the Stanley Cup Finals. In Game 2 of the Finals, Corkum scored a goal which sparked the Devils to a series-tying win.
At the end of the 2001 Playoffs, Corkum was again an unrestricted free agent. On July 16, 2001, Corkum signed with the Atlanta Thrashers. Bob Corkum, now in his 12th NHL season, is on the Thrashers roster for the 2001-02 season.