Utica Comets sign goaltender Corbeil

It’s not a major signing, but it will lend some help in goal for the Utica Comets.

The team announced today via Twitter that they have come to terms with goaltender Mathieu Corbeil. A 2010 fourth round draft pick, selected 102 overall by the Columbus Blue Jackets, Corbeil comes to the Comets after spending last season on a loan from the Chicago Wolves — whose affiliate at the time, Vancouver, now runs the Comets — to the Missouri Mavericks of the Central Hockey League.

A 2011-12 QMJHL Champion as a member of the Saint John Sea Dogs, Corbeil suited up for 48 games with the Sea Dogs that season, posting a 2.38 GAA and .911 SV%. At the completion of his season, the Columbus Blue Jackets chose not to sign him, and he moved to free agency. His next professional contract was with the Wolves, but he will now get a chance at challenging, at the very least, for an AHL job.

Corbeil’s likely role with the team is as a recall. Last season in Missouri, Corbeil had a 2.69 GAA and .915 SV% in 21 regular season games.

The Graduate: Bruce Boudreau

The Graduate is an American Hockey Blog feature that highlights a notable AHL alumnus, their career, and what makes them so special to AHL lore. It also happens to be the title of a 1967 film starring Dustin Hoffman, which has been praised by the American Film Institute. These things are not related.

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For most modern hockey fans, the lasting image of Bruce “Gabby” Boudreau includes a smattering of barbecue sauce, but the Anaheim Ducks head coach is an American Hockey League icon.

Boudreau, primarily a centre throughout his playing days, began his professional career in the 1975-76 season as a member of the Minnesota Fighting Saints of the World Hockey Association. Boudreau played a mere 30 games with the Fighting Saints, managing three goals and six helpers. The next year, Boudreau would make his NHL debut with the Toronto Maple Leafs, but his inability to stick with the big club would lead to the beginning of an illustrious minor league career. Continue reading