Born December 14, 1989, Cory Conacher is the most recent player to join the Senators. He was acquired in a deal with the Tampa Bay Lightning at the trade deadline in exchange for goaltender Ben Bishop.
Conacher played amateur hockey for the Canisius Golden Griffins before turning professional and became the team’s all time points leader as well as the colleges’ most decorated player.
In July of 2011, after four years with the Golden Griffins and several amateur try-out contracts with different teams, Conacher signed as a free agent with the Norfolk Admirals of the AHL. He quickly established himself as a goal scorer and was selected to play in the 2012 AHL All Star Classic, as well as winning league MVP honours.
While with Norfolk, Conacher signed a two year contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Due to the NHL lockout, Conacher started the season with the Syracuse Crunch but was quickly promoted to the Lightning after the lockout and scored his first NHL goal on opening night January 19, 2013.
Conacher is noted as a gritty offensive player, unafraid to crash the net and dig for turnovers. At present he’s in the running for the Calder trophy as rookie of the year, with 9 goals and 15 assists.