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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Frank Corrado's First NHl Game experience from THE FIRST TIME.



The call I received for my first NHL game is one I’ll never forget. I was sitting in a hotel on a Saturday night in Rosemont, Illinois, and my hotel phone rang. I was alarmed because like everyone else, I have a cell phone. I picked up the phone and was told I’d be flying out to Vancouver to play my first NHL game on Monday. My body went into an instant state of shock and nervousness. I had to pay close attention to what was being said on the phone, but in my head there were fireworks going off. After I got all the details I arrived in Vancouver Sunday night and settled in to what would be my home for the next three weeks.


The road to the NHL isn’t an overnight journey, although I found out about the news and flew to Vancouver in one day. It’s an emotional time because of all the hard work you put in to being a hockey player. There are always the critics who say “he’s not good enough” or “he’ll never make it”, but when you finally make it to the next level, the level you’ve been dreaming of your whole life, it humbles you.

The next day was game day. I was getting ready to make my NHL debut versus the first place Chicago Blackhawks. Not an easy start to say the least. In my head I was telling myself all throughout the day that “this is where I belong”. That is the attitude that I believe put me in this situation to begin with, so why change now. I was familiar with the other players from being at training camp, and watching them on television. They helped me get comfortable in the room and the new surroundings of Rogers Arena.
It’s a step up for me considering I was playing in front of 8,000 people for my former team, and now I was preparing to play in front of 18,000, and an NHL broadcast that could be seen around the world.
Those are the things you think about after the fact, not during. After a day of preparation and learning new systems of hockey, it was time to play my first game. I prepared just like it was another game. No need to step out of my comfort zone. I did all the things before a game that I would normally do, because I believe those are the habits that got me to this point. Finally, it was time to take to the ice.

An old tradition NHL teams do is alive and well, they let a player playing his first game take a lap in warm-up by themselves. What a feeling! Skating on an NHL surface by myself in warm-up, almost saying “it’s my turn” in your head. The music is blaring, the newest of pump up songs, getting all the players fired up for tonight’s game. Before you know it, it’s time to head back into the dressing room for the last touches of concentration and focus before coming out for the game. During the national anthem I remember getting a tingly feeling in my legs, and before I knew it, I was getting ready to play my first shift. I ended up playing 17:30 of ice time in my first game, with three hits and a blocked shot.

It was a successful game as we beat the Blackhawks 3-1. To top it all off I was named the third star. The second and first were these two other guys, they’re twins, and they’re really good at hockey. Daniel and Henrik Sedin, you may have heard of them.

It was an incredible turn of events that I’ll never forget and neither will my family. It is something that I worked so hard for and will continue to do so. The experience was made great by all the great people who helped me along the way, whether it was a few years ago, or a few minutes before puck drop.

I will never forget my first NHL game.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Frank Corrado is in the thick of things



Canucks turn to unheralded rookie for help on defence

Posted: May 2, 2013 5:39 PM ET

Last Updated: May 2, 2013 5:55 PM ET

Frank Corrado of the Vancouver Canucks spent most of this season with Sudbury and Kitchener in the Ontario Hockey League. He also played three games in April with the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League. Frank Corrado of the Vancouver Canucks spent most of this season with Sudbury and Kitchener in the Ontario Hockey League. He also played three games in April with the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League. (Rich Lam/Getty Images)
Not many fifth-round NHL draft choices find themselves playing in the Stanley Cup playoffs at the age of 20.
Frank Corrado is proving to be an exception.
The Woodbridge, Ont., native has a good chance of returning to the Vancouver Canucks' lineup for the second game of their Western Conference quarter-final series against the San Jose Sharks on Friday night.
"It's huge," said Corrado, who was chosen 150th overall in the 2011 NHL entry draft, about his NHL post-season opportunity. "That's the whole point of playing the regular season, and that's the whole point of getting here so, obviously, it's great to be in the playoffs."
He played his first NHL post-season game Wednesday night as the Canucks lost 3-1 to the Sharks in the series opener.

Accomplished guitarist is hitting the right notes

The rookie defenceman is pursuing the Stanley Cup dream less than two weeks after playing his first NHL regular-season game — and less than a month after he made his pro debut with Vancouver's farm team, the AHL's Chicago Wolves. He has also played for the OHL's Sudbury Wolves and Kitchener Rangers this season.
"It's been a whirlwind, a lot of different cities, a lot of different people and different teams," said Corrado, who also attended Vancouver's limited post-lockout training camp for a short period.
"But you know what? It's been fun — obviously, plenty of hockey being played. It's nice to be a part of it."
Corrado is filling a void for Vancouver as defenceman Chris Tanev continues to recuperate from a leg injury that sidelined him in early April. The rapidly rising prospect is helping to make up for a shortage of right-handed defencemen that has been accentuated by Tanev's absence.
Corrado combines fluid skating and offensive ability, which gives the Canucks a stronger presence on the right point in the attacking zone, with a physical style.
He still has some room for improvement, after going minus-1 Wednesday. He was on the ice for San Jose's winning goal as Tommy Wingels barged to the net and set up Dan Boyle.
But in 12 and a half minutes of ice time, Corrado also recorded two tricky shots on goal through traffic, requiring Sharks goaltender Antti Niemi to make sure he was in the right spots while dealing with distractions.
Coach Alain Vigneault has been impressed with Corrado's effort and did not hesitate to use him —even though journeyman rearguard Derek Joslin, another right-handed shot with less offensive upside, was available. Joslin, 26, also brought in from the minors late in the regular season, has 116 games of NHL experience, but Vigneault could choose to stick with Corrado as the Canucks try to get their offence untracked and end a five-game home playoff losing skid that dates to the 2010-11 Stanley Cup final.
The coach was concerned that Vancouver's only goal Wednesday came when Sharks winger Raffi Torres, a former Canuck, put the puck in his own net.
Corrado had 45 points in his OHL regular season and added two more in the OHL playoffs. He also produced two points in three AHL games.
As an accomplished guitarist, he has also done some scoring of the musical variety. During the NHL lockout that wiped out the entire 2004-05 season, Corrado decided he needed a hobby because he could not watch as many hockey games on TV.
So he took up guitar, and since then has played in shows while also studying music. Live performances have helped him deal with the pressures of playing on the major junior, minor pro and NHL stages.
"It helps with the nerves," said Corrado, who plays both acoustic and electric guitar. "And, obviously, if you're playing on stage, it's kind of like playing hockey in (an arena)."
The rhythm and challenges of playing music have also helped him develop parts of his game, and the off-ice activity enables him to relax.
"It's a good getaway sometimes," said Corrado. "You kind of get lost in it for an hour or so. It's a nice release from everyday living."
Corrado has collected many guitars and has taken one with him wherever he has been living in his rise to the NHL. But he has not packed much during this odyssey of a season as his move to the pros coincides with his adjustment to adulthood.
"It's not like I can bring my whole closet here," he said. "So you just pack light and do laundry.
"It's good. It's nice to be able to do things on your own now."
As he learns to become more independent, he is studying NHL veterans, appreciating how they can keep things lighthearted but get serious when they need to.
"These guys, they're the best at what they do — and it shows," he said.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Frankie Corrado had one of his most challenging days as an NHLer Monday. (from Canucks Website)


Never before has he lived on his own, so never before was he forced to tackle doing laundry.
Detergents? Fabric softeners? Warm wash? Tumble dry? Delicates?
“I called my mom for a step-by-step procedure,” laughed the 20-year-old, following Canucks practice Tuesday.
“She was trying to tell me what to do and I was thinking that when the time came, I’d figure it out, so I didn’t really listen. Then there I was calling her back, sending her a picture of the thing to know where the detergent goes and stuff.”
Corrado didn’t burn down his apartment, thankfully, he successfully did a load of darks and load of lights and even had the poise to hang his stretchy athletic wear to dry.
“Everything is fresh and everything fits,” he smiled, with pride.
Corrado is on his own these days because his fresh style of play fits in with the Canucks perfectly.
For the second consecutive day Corrado practiced alongside Andrew Alberts and unless something changes before puck drop Wednesday night in Game 1 of the Western Conference Quarterfinal between the Canucks and San Jose Sharks, he’ll be patrolling the blueline in his first career playoff game – in just his fourth NHL game.
Did I mention eight days ago Corrado was with the AHL’s Chicago Wolves and two weeks ago he was a member of the OHL’s Kitchener Rangers?
Laundry is just one of many new things he’s been exposed to in a very short time span.
“It’s been crazy,” said Corrado, taking a deep breath. “Two weeks ago I was living with billets playing junior hockey in the playoffs for a team that was trying to make some noise. It’s been wild; I went from a playoff run to trying to make the playoffs in Chicago, to another playoff run here. The intensity has been at full meter and I wouldn’t really have it any other way.”
Corrado has taken a ‘speak when spoken to’ approach to merging into the Canucks dressing room and he said the preparation from the players has been mind-blowing to witness. The balance the players have between being serious and having fun, especially at the rink, also caught the Toronto, Ontario, product off guard; he didn’t think it was all work, all the time, but it’s a loose, light atmosphere, one that has made him feel like one of the guys.
“It’s very accepting and very welcoming. It helps that I’ve been to a few camps, but I couldn’t have asked for a better dressing room to walk into.”
Corrado’s attitude, work ethic, determination and on-ice play have been a welcomed addition, said defenceman Kevin Bieksa.
“He’s had a couple good games for us, he shows a lot of poise for a young guy, he makes the high percentage, safe play and hopefully he can continue that,” said Bieksa, adding that he hopes Corrado’s first playoff game goes smoother than his own.
“I played something like 57 minutes of ice time in quadruple overtime in my first game, so mine was a unique experience. I don’t think he wants that.”
Speaking on behalf of Corrado, I can confirm he does not want that, but he’s willing to do whatever it takes to help the Canucks win.
Bieksa said one of the biggest things he’s noticed about Corrado is how well he’s adjusted to the limelight over the past week; Corrado is 2013’s Chris Tanev, except he’s a touch more physical.
That’s about as high a compliment as Corrado could get this early into his NHL career.
Hopefully the young gun continues to impress, but if he’s in need of guidance along the way, Bieksa has his back.
“He’s got a good head on his shoulders right now so there’s not a lot that I have to say. I’m just keeping an eye on him here, he’s on the right track so sometimes you don’t want to talk to a guy and get him nervous if he’s already in a good mindset.
“I’m keeping an eye on him from a distance and if I feel there’s something that needs to be said to help him, I will.”
Come to think of it, he may need some help if he shows up for Wednesday’s game and his suit is as wrinkled as a raisin.
“Laundry is done, ironing is up next,” laughed Corrado. “I’m sure I’ll have to call for a breakdown.”

Monday, April 15, 2013

Defenseman Frank Corrado Joins Wolves


Defenseman Frank Corrado Joins WolvesPhoto: Ross Dettman/Chicago Wolves
15 APRIL 2013


The Vancouver Canucks have assigned defenseman Frank Corrado to the Chicago Wolves.

CORRADO completed his fourth Ontario Hockey League season on April 12 when the Kitchener Rangers were eliminated 4-games-to-1 by the London Knights in the second round of the OHL’s Western Conference Championship. He recorded 2 points (G, A) in 10 postseason contests with the Rangers.

The 20-year-old defenseman set career-highs with 7 goals, 38 assists, and 45 points in 69 regular-season games split between Kitchener and the Sudbury Wolves. His 38 helpers shares sixth among OHL blueliners, while his 45 points tied for 11th.

Overall, the Toronto native amassed 95 assists, 110 points, and 310 penalty minutes in 259 career OHL games with Sudbury and Kitchener spanning four seasons (2009-13).

CORRADO posted an assist in four regular-season tilts with the Wolves last season after he was signed to an Amateur Tryout Contract (ATO) on April 2, 2012. He also skated in two Calder Cup playoff games with Chicago.

The Wolves travel to Wisconsin for the final time this year when they battle the Milwaukee Admirals in an Amtrak Rivalry contests at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 16. For more information, or to buy tickets to Wolves home games, visitchicagowolves.com or call 1-800-THE-WOLVES.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Corrado a Ranger!!!!!


Kitchener load up with Corrado, Leivo in trade with Sudbury

Canucks prospect Frank Corrado was a late cut of Team Canada (OHL Images)
Two days before the Ontario Hockey League trade deadline, the Kitchener Rangers kept even in the Western Conference arms race with the Owen Sound Attack, adding a high-profile defenceman and a power forward to their core.
Josh Leivo, a 2011 3rd round selection of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Frank Corrado, a 5th round selection of the Vancouver Canucks that same season, are moving from the Sudbury Wolves to Kitchener and the ultra-competitive Western Conference along with goaltender Joel Vienneau. The Rangers are tied with Guelph for 4th spot and they play the Storm tonight in the lone game on the schedule.
In return, Kitchener will sent Matt SchmalzFrank Palazzese, and Cory Genovese. Schmalz was the Rangers' 1st round pick in the 2012 OHL Draft, a 6'5" 186 lb winger from Dunnville. Palazzese is one of the top goaltenders in the OHL, and Genovese is an 18-year old draft-eligible defenceman from Hespeler who has one and a half seasons of experience.
In the deal, the Rangers send goaltender Franky Palazzese, defenceman Cory Genovese and forward Matt Schmalz to Sudbury. Kitchener also sends a fourth round pick in the 2014 OHL Priority Selection (from Oshawa), a sixth round pick in 2013 (from Owen Sound), a seventh round pick in 2014 (from Windsor) and a first round pick in the 2013 CHL Import Draft (from Plymouth). In addition, the deal includes two conditional picks, a conditional second round in 2017 if Palazzese does not return to the Wolves for his overage season and a conditional second in 2019, if forward Joshua Leivo plays in the OHL during the 2013-14.
In exchange, Sudbury sends Leivo, defenceman Frank Corrado and goaltender Joel Vienneau to Kitchener, along with Sudbury’s first round pick in the 2013 CHL Import Draft, a sixth round pick in 2015 and an eighth round pick in 2013. The deal also include a conditional third round pick in 2014 if Sudbury trades Palazzese during the 2013-14 season. [Kitchener Rangers]
There hasn't been an awful lot written about this deal. Time for some snap analysis.
On the Rangers end:
It appears Kitchener got the better of this deal, at least at this point, picking up two players who can contribute now and moving up in the CHL Import Draft, without giving up too much of their current assets to make a run. As high as Mike Farwell is on Cory Genovese, Corrado's stock as a defenceman has greatly improved over the last year and a half, leaving him to be one of the final cuts for Team Canada this past December after making the final selection camp and, by all accounts, playing extraordinarily well. He'll also be headed to Vancouver Canucks camp, whenever that starts, and presumably will be returned to junior when it ends. After all, the Canucks are reportedly looking at Cam Barker as depth insurance.
Josh Leivo meanwhile is a quiet force. He's big but not huge, listed at 6'1" 200 lbs, noted for his hands and his two-way play. He has 19 goals in 34 games this season, which isn't too much of an outlying total after scoring 32 in 66 last year. The numbers, like his size, aren't dominant, but their fairly useful, and he was the top scorer on a mid-range offensive team in Sudbury.
Usage will be a big factor. All three players will be in the lineup tonight against Guelph and Vienneau will get the start as John Gibson gets a night off after his dominant performance at the IIHF U-20 world championships for the gold medal-winning Americans. Vinneau is 9th in the OHL in save percentage, which is fairly impressive considering he's second in games played only to Niagara's Christopher Festarini.
On the Wolves end:
Losing the everyday Vienneau will be tough, but the goaltender they get out of the deal, Frank Palazzese, is exceptional, leading the OHL in save percentage this year, second only to teammate Gibson last year. He has the benefit of playing in a good Kitchener system with a dominant penalty kill this season (although somehow were 13th last year). Palazzese doesn't have an NHL team and will likely play his overage season in the OHL, sewing up Sudbury's goaltending situation at least through next season if everything shakes out as planned. Palazzese wants to be a starter and has been waiting for the opportunity.
Here's what Wolves GM Blaine Smith said about Genovese and Schmalz:
"Cory is a big, strong physical defenceman with excellent leadership qualities. Matt is already one of the biggest forwards in the league at 6'5" and only 16 years of age. I am looking forward to watching Matt develop into a premiere forward in this league." [TSN]
The loss of Corrado and Leivo stings, but the team is building for a run with its '94- and '95-born talent, leaving the '93s somewhat expendable this season. Schmalz's solitary assist in 25 games isn't indicative of busted offensive potential, but moreso that he wasn't necessary as a rookie on Kitchener's attempt to win this season.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Canucks prospect Frankie Corrado a shock cut by Team Canada.


 
 
 
Canucks prospect Frankie Corrado a shock cut by Team Canada
 

Frank Corrado, left, playing for the national junior selection camp team on Wednesday night, checks University of Alberta player Colin Joe during an exhibition game in Calgary.

Photograph by: Jeff McIntosh , THE CANADIAN PRESS

The disappointment that engulfs the final cuts at Team Canada’s world junior selection camp can seem so cruel.
Take one of Canada’s final cuts, Frankie Corrado, who had a compelling underdog story that captured the hopes of despondent Vancouver Canucks fans for a day, or three.
He was a 2011 fifth-round draft pick of the Canucks who conquered long odds just to get an invite to the camp.
He knew it. He joked in one interview leading into the tryout about how out of place his tagline — fifth-round pick — looked amidst the draft day studs who lined the list of Team Canada’s 37 hopefuls.
In other words, just being there was something special.
But Corrado did what any one of us would dream of doing. The defenceman took his opportunity and he made something of it.
He flexed his steady, all-around defensive play, the stuff that got him there, and added offensive flair, scoring two goals in two exhibition games. He was the only player with multiple goals and that changed expectations as he out-performed some who had a roster spot locked.
Ray Ferraro, who covered the camp for TSN, explained Corrado this way:
“He hits, but he’s not a hitter. He skates, but he’s not Mason Raymond. He moves the puck, but he’s not an elite puck mover. He does everything ... at a seven or eight level. He’s not a 10 at any one thing.
“He seems to make the right play with the puck most of the time.”
It’s an ideal, jack-of-all-trades description of what you’d hope to have in a third-pairing defenceman, the position Corrado could have slotted into if he had made it.
Add in the goals he scored in his two exhibition games, and you had many convinced he had done enough to make the team.
But this is Team Canada with its ruthless depth and, in the end, what Corrado accomplished in a few good days wasn’t enough to overcome the long odds he faced when it started.
For those who covered the camp at TSN, it was the biggest surprise of the selection process, and that should be indicative of one thing — how good Corrado looked in three days.
“Wow, I am shocked,” TSN’s Bob McKenzie tweeted with the news of Corrado’s cut.
When it came down to it, Team Canada chose the more physical Tyler Wotherspoon, the Calgary Flames’ second-round pick in 2011, in what has to have been one of most difficult decisions it made.
You want to believe the draft status Corrado joked about never came into play, but you wonder, if all things were close to equal, where would Team Canada have leaned? The fifth-rounder or the guy with “second-round pick” on his resume?
Corrado said he wasn’t ready to deal with the media immediately after the news of his cut. But here’s hoping the disappointment he’s feeling doesn’t last long. Everything that happened this week is wonderful news for Corrado, and the Canucks.
“The fact he got this far in the process is a testament to how hard he worked and how far he’s come,” assistant general manager Laurence Gilman told The Province’s Ben Kuzma.
“It’s a great experience for him to be competing with so many of Canada’s top players.
“It has provided a great environment for him to assess himself against his peers. He should leave the camp with confidence that he can compete at the top level.”

Monday, December 3, 2012

Canucks prospect Corrado makes world junior final camp


Canucks prospect Frank Corrado is one of 37 players invited by Hockey Canada to the final national junior team camp, Dec. 11-13 in Calgary.

Corrado, who has 3-18-21 in 30 games with Sudbury Wolves of the OHL this season, is one of 12 defencemen on the camp roster. The 6-foot, 190-pounder was selected in the fifth round (150th) by Vancouver in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

B.C.-born Griffin Reinhart and Morgan Rielly, both of West Vancouver, are also D-men on the camp roster.

Those who make the final cut will compete for Canada at the world junior tournament, Dec. 26 to Jan. 5 at Ufa, Russia.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Frankie Corrado scores eventual game winner in Subway Super Series vs Russia!




Team OHL restored their winning ways against Team Russia in SUBWAY Super Series action with a 2-1 win on Monday night before a crowd of 4,283 in Sarnia.

New York Islanders prospect Ryan Strome (Niagara IceDogs) led the offensive charge for the OHL with a goal and an assist and was named Player of the Game.

The win brings the OHL's overall record to 19-1 against Russia in ten years of SUBWAY Super Series play with the lone loss coming last Thursday night in Guelph.

Strome's goal came at the midway mark of the first period when he slammed home a slapshot from in close at 9:50, with Garrett Meurs (Plymouth Whalers) and Matt Puempel (Kitchener Rangers) picking up assists.

After a scoreless second period, Team OHL extended their lead to 2-0 at 9:16 of the third when Vancouver Canucks prospect Frank Corrado (Sudbury Wolves) snuck in off the point and buried a rebound in close which held as the game-winner.

Team Russia pressed late in the game and managed a single goal when former Sarnia Sting star Nail Yakupov scored in the final minute of play to the delight of the hometown crowd.
St. Louis Blues prospect Jordan Binnington (Owen Sound Attack) stopped all eight shots he faced, with Detroit Red Wings prospect Jake Paterson (Saginaw Spirit) making seven saves to combine for the win.

Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Andrei Vasilevski was named Player of the Game for Russia for the second time this series making 26 saves despite the loss.
1972 Summit Series hero Pat Stapleton and Canadian Olympic team gymnast Dominique Pegg took part in the opening ceremonies. 

The 2012 SUBWAY Super Series is now tied 2-2 (6-6 in points) with Game 5 set for Wednesday night when the WHL hosts Team Russia in Vancouver.  The game can be seen live on Sportsnet at 10:00 pm ET, as well as the NHL Network in the United States.



Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Frank Corrado - From Vancouver Canucks Website.


The leaves are falling, but the same cannot be said for production from Vancouver's prospects.

How does one find themselves on Canucks.com’s Triple Crown? Register five points in a game, sit second in your league in goals, and score timely goals on top of being a physical presence. Three Vancouver Canucks prospects did just that in October.


1). Frankie Corrado, Sudbury Wolves, Ontario Hockey League

Corrado continues to add notches to his belt of accomplishments. The Canucks fifth-round selection in the 2011 draft was recently named to the OHL All-Star team that will compete against Team Russia in the CHL Subway Series in November. The captain of the Sudbury Wolves (7-8-0-1) picked up 12 points (1-11-12) in 11 games in October, including an incredible five assist night on October 26th against Niagara. Corrado finished the month with nine points (1-8-9) in his final four games, including seven points in his final three games, earning him the distinction of OHL Player of the Week. Corrado currently sits fourth overall in the OHL in assists (15), and third among defensemen in points (16).

Frankie Corrado Defenseman of the month in the OHL.


OHL Defenceman of the Month – Frank Corrado (Sudbury Wolves)
Frank Corrado tied for the league-lead in scoring among defencemen with 12 points in 11 games for the Sudbury Wolves including one goal and 11 assists with a plus-minus rating of plus-2.  He was named OHL Player of the Week to close out October and was the first defenceman to win the award this season following a three-game stretch where he recorded seven points in three games.  That stretch included a career-high five assists on October 26 where he was named first star of a 7-2 win over the Niagara IceDogs. 

Corrado, a 19-year-old from Woodbridge, ON, is playing in his fourth OHL season with the Wolves.  Selected in the fifth round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft by the Vancouver Canucks, Corrado has 16 points in 16 games which has him ranked third in scoring among defencemen.  He will also compete for Team OHL at the 2012 SUBWAY Super Series on Monday November 12 in Sarnia, ON.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Corrado honoured to serve as Wolves captain.


Frank Corrado (22) in action (File photo)

Those who have watched Frank Corrado on the ice these last three years know he's one of the Sudbury Wolves' most well-rounded defencemen.
And those who have seen him behind the scenes know he takes an even-handed approach in the dressing room, as well.
“Balance is the key to everything,” said the 19-year-old blueliner, shortly after Wednesday's practice. “You can't be too one-sided with any decision, in hockey or in how you live your life. If you want to live a well-balanced life, you don't want to have too much or too little of anything. That's the way I've always tried to go about things.”
It's hard to find fault with his approach after seeing the Woodbridge, Ont., native blossom on the blueline, getting himself drafted by the Vancouver Canucks and signing with the NHL club a few months later, all while emerging as one of the Wolves' unofficial leaders.
It was made official on Wednesday, when Sudbury head coach Trent Cull announced Corrado as his captain for 2012-13.
He'll wear the C when the Wolves open the regular season against the Oshawa Generals on Friday, while defencemen Justin Sefton and Charlie Dodero and forward Josh Leivo will each have an A as alternate captains.
“It's an honour,” Corrado said. “I'm very happy. It's a privilege to be captain and it feels good to know the coaches look to you as a leader on the team.”
Cull, Corrado's coach for two of his three years in the OHL, said what lifted Corrado to the head of the Pack was his commitment to both his career and his team.
“He has done such a great job with the way he has positioned himself,” Cull said. “Here's a young man who had an opportunity after we made some trades to move some older D and he really made strides on the ice. Then he was drafted in the fifth round, but went and worked his butt off all summer, had a great camp and got himself signed. So he knows he's got some security there, that he has something there waiting for him, but when he comes back here, he's all about the team. He's not worried about points, about goals or assists, just about being a great team guy. He talks to everyone in the room, young and old, and on the ice he does a great job in all situations.”
Cull's choice of captain came as no surprise to Wolves general manager Blaine Smith.
“Frankie was always a quiet leader for us, the type of guy who does so much behind the scenes,” Smith said. “Stuff that not everyone notices, like talking to players who we draft or players who attend our orientation. He's a tremendous ambassador for the Wolves, calling players and talking to them and encouraging them to come here and play. That speaks to his personality and to his ability as a leader.
“All four of these guys are the core of our returning veterans and they're guys we are going to rely heavily upon, but I feel the leadership of our team is in good hands.”
Sefton and Dodero also served as full-time alternates under Michael MacDonald last season. They're joined this year by Leivo, also 19, who was a part-timer in 2011-12.
Unlike Corrado and Sefton, both high draft picks, Leivo made an unheralded debut two years ago, but became one of the Wolves' most dependable point producers, posting 73 last season.
“Josh is another guy who has emerged, in front of all these eyes in Sudbury, as a go-to guy,” Cull said. “When the chips are down, in those big games, he's one of those guys we can rely on. 
“And he's a really good kid, too. He's pretty grounded.”
Forward Mike Kantor, a standout during a championship run at the Junior Club World Cup tournament in Russia last month, will serve as an alternate on an auxiliary basis.
“If I had another A, I would have given him one, too,” Cull said. “I told the guys he's as much a part of the leadership group as anyone.
“I'm excited to have this decision done before the start of the season. We went to Russia, but we have had some changes these last three weeks and this is us getting off on the right foot.”
ben.leeson@sunmedia.ca
Twitter: @ben_leeson

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Recent article from Sudbury Star - Re: Frank Corrado

Wolves leaders emerge

By Ben Leeson, Sudbury Star
Since Frank Corrado first stepped on OHL ice three years ago, he's added about three inches and 20 pounds to his frame.

But his words carry more weight, as well, especially inside the Sudbury Wolves dressing room.
"When you're older, people listen," said Corrado, a native of Woodbridge, Ont. "If you're younger and people don't agree with you, they might not listen, but when you're older, they don't question you the same way, because they know you've got that experience."
And that's one thing Corrado does have, after three full seasons and 190 games in the province's top junior league.

Corrado was the Wolves' second-round choice, 25th overall, in the 2009 OHL Priority Selection, and the second defenceman the team picked, after first-rounder Justin Sefton, who went fifth overall. They were the cornerstones of Sudbury's draft class that year and, the Wolves hoped, would one day be cornerstones of the team's defence.

That day will arrive when the puck drops on the 2012-13 regular season this Friday.
Nineteen-year-olds Sefton and Corrado, along with overager Charlie Dodero, will be expected to lead a blueline corps that is big on potential but short on experience.
Sefton is looking forward to the challenge.
"It's just me and Frankie left from that draft," said Sefton, who hails from Thunder Bay. "Us two were the ones who have stayed here and it has been nice for us, to play the last couple of years together and we want to go out on a winning note."

That would be the ultimate way to justify the faith shown in them two seasons ago, when the Wolves decided to go young on defence by trading three OHL-calibre defencemen -- Daniel Maggio, Jake Cardwell and Ben Chiarot -- within a few months of one another.
With more ice time and more responsibility, both sopho-mores showed steady improvement, prompting the San Jose Sharks to pluck Sefton in the third round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft and the Vancouver Canucks to nab Corrado in the fifth.
"That was huge for us, especially heading into our draft year," Corrado said. "If we weren't playing, we wouldn't have been noticed, so that really helped us."
Head coach Trent Cull, who's entering his third year behind the Sudbury bench, has watched the pair develop from raw rookies to his first line of defence.

"It's really nice to see how they've progressed," Cull said. "We made a tough decision two years ago, when we could have kept some veterans, guys like Cardwell, Maggio and Chiarot, all good defencemen, and been better right away. But we decided to stick with some young D because we thought they could be good players, so we moved those other guys so we could get them fast-tracked.
" They were second-year guys and we recognized that we had two pretty good players, so we wanted to foster them along, so we bit the bullet and they're starting to pay us back. There's not a situation where I don't feel I can put them on the ice."

Their playing styles are different, Corrado relying more on speed and puck movement, while chipping offensively, and Sefton using his size, strength and wingspan to aid him in a shutdown role.
On the surface, their personalities seem just as different : Corrado smiling, quick with a joke, a witty remark or a towel full of shaving cream, Sefton appearing more serious, but with a dry sense of humour that his teammates appreciate.
But as much as they're different, they're the same in that they like to lead, both with their words in the room and their actions on the ice.

"For me, it's about team success first, whatever it takes to get that two points," Sefton said. "I want to play my role to the best of my ability and be more consistent than I have in previous years-- every shift, every period, every game."

Corrado likes the look of this year's defensive unit, which includes the Wolves' first-round draft choice this year, Conor Cummins and their second-round last year, Evan de Haan, as well as a 19- year-old Mackenzie Braid and 18-year-olds Jeff Corbett and Tyler Prong.
"There are a lot of guys here right now that have the potential to play big minutes," Corrado said.
" The guys all get it. They listen and when the coaches tell them something, they do it. They're quick learners."

And that's some of the best advice Corrado can give his younger teammates : Don't stop being a student.

"Just come every day willing to learn," he said. "If you're trying hard, that's great, but if the coach tells you something and you use that and he sees, that shows you're listening, that you can take instruction. That's what they want: Smart hockey players, as well as guys who work hard."
Friday's season opener, a visit from the Oshawa Generals, starts at 7:35 p.m.
Prior to puck drop, a ceremony will be held to mark the Wolves' victory at the Junior Club World Cup tournament in Russia last month.
ben.leeson@sunmedia.ca Twitter: @ben_leeson

Monday, August 27, 2012

From VanCANUCKS Website " Frankie Corrado" Story


You can add ‘Gold Medal’ to prospect Frankie Corrado’s list of accomplishments over the last 14 months.

In just over a calendar year, Corrado was drafted by Vancouver, signed a contract with the Canucks, played in an NHL pre-season game, played in the AHL and was nominated for the Most Outstanding Defenseman in the Ontario Hockey League. On Sunday he struck gold at the 2nd annual World Junior Club Cup in Omsk, Russia, as his Sudbury Wolves defeated the United States Hockey League’s Waterloo Black Hawks 2-0 in the championship final.


The Wolves had an up-and-down round-robin that saw them thump HIFK Helsinki 9-1 in the opening game before dropping a 2-1 shootout decision to HK Riga. Corrado received a one-game suspension for a ‘knee strike’ in the 2-1 loss and was forced to watch the Wolves blowout the Denmark National U-20 team 7-2 from the stands. As for the suspension, Corrado did not necessarily agree with it, but knew he couldn’t dwell on it.

“It was great that the Wolves won and I was happy to be back.”“The suspension stung,” said Corrado, from the team’s hotel in Omsk. “I didn’t agree with it but it was out of my control. I cycled the puck down low and the guy who came to hit me was facing my side, so I stepped into him and his knee caught my side thus it was called a knee strike and not kneeing.
Because of a scheduling quirk, Corrado and the Wolves had an extra day off in the middle of the tournament to explore the surroundings of Omsk. Oddly enough, they found a little piece of home in Russia.
“We actually found a T.G.I. Fridays here in Omsk,” laughed Corrado. “So after morning practice we went for a team meal there; it was great to get some North American food.
“We went to a mall and saw some of the stores they have here, the fashion is very different than what you see in our stores. After dinner we went to a bowling alley and arcade with the guys, it was fun.”
After suffering a 6-3 loss to powerhouse Linkopings HC in the final round-robin game, the Wolves finished in second place in Group B, and came up victorious in the semi-final with a 5-2 win over Dinamo-Shinnik-Bobruisk, which punched Corrado and the Wolves a ticket into the WJCC Championship Game.
”It was a great team effort,” said Corrado, after the win. “Everyone was focused and it felt like playoff hockey.
“We competed and got pucks deep; we also capitalized on some chances that made the difference for us.”
In the other semi-final game, the USHL’s Waterloo Black Hawks knocked off Linkopings HC 5-4 in a shootout, setting up a Canada versus USA championship. The neighboring countries are two of the biggest rivals in International play, but Corrado and company didn’t dwell on their star-spangled opponent.






“It was good to see two North American teams in the final, but we weren’t concerned about that, we just wanted to play a solid 60 minutes.”
It was a tight-checking championship that saw both teams trade chances, but fail to hit the back of the net through two periods. With just over 12 minutes remaining in the final frame, Wolves sniper Josh Leivo made it 1-0 on a breakaway, before Corrado sent a laser-beam wrist shot from the point that found the back of the net for his first goal of the tournament to seal the deal for the Wolves, who won 2-0, to capture the 2nd annual WJCC.
After the game, Corrado, his teammates and coaches received gold medals handed out by Hockey Hall of Famer Phil Esposito.
“That was truly a privilege,” Corrado said. “The tournament was an unbelievable experience; I am so happy that we won the gold.”
For Corrado, it's now time to fly home and prepare for Canucks training camp, and maybe take care of a little food craving.
For anyone who follows him on twitter (@frankcorrado22) you’ve seen the occasional picture of his Nonna’s cooking, which he just went two weeks without. Sneaking jars of her legendary pasta sauce to Russia was out of the question.
“I wish! They have no sauce on their pasta here, it’s insane,” he laughed. “But I will tell you that I will be consuming a fair bit of it upon my arrival home.”
Without a doubt, Nonna’s cooking will taste even better with a gold medal hanging around his neck.

Sudbury Wolves Win World Junior Club Cup





Canadian team the Sudbury Wolves won the second World Junior Club Cup in the Siberian city of Omsk on Sunday, beating the Waterloo Black Hawks from the United States 2-0 in the final.

Josh Leivo and Frank Corrado scored Sudbury’s goals in the final of the tournament, an IIHF-sanctioned event.

“To win here was a real challenge for us,” Sudbury owner Mark Burgess told R-Sport.
“We really want to come back here next year to defend our title.”







Corrado said on Twitter: “Couldn't be more proud way to go boys.”
Swedish team Linkoping took third place with a 1-0 win over Belarusian side Dynamo-Shinnik.
Last year’s tournament was also held in Omsk and won by Krasnaya Armiya, the farm team of CSKA Moscow.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Recent Canucks Army - Prospect report - On Frankie Corado

 

Prospect Profile: #7 Frank Corrado

Thomas Drance
August 23 2012 12:48PM
 
When he first arrived at the Penticton Young Stars tournament in September of 2011, no one knew anything about 5th round draft pick Frankie "don't call me Frank" Corrado. That changed rapidly as the Woodbridge born two-way defenseman put in a series of impressive performances at the Prospects Tournament. The rave reviews Corrado earned crescendoed with an absurdly competent showing in a pre-season game against the opening day roster of the Edmonton Oilers, in which Corrado was second on the club in ice-time and helped "shutdown" the likes of Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle.
Shortly after that impressive outing in the pre-season, Corrado was sent back to the Sudbury Wolves of the OHL but not before the Canucks inked him to an entry-level deal. Back in Sudbury, Corrado was named an "assistant captain" and put in a quietly remarkable season, transforming himself into one of the single most dominant defensive players in the Ontario Hockey League.
Canucks fans, and those in the "industry" may not have known much about Frank Corrado in September of 2011, but they know about him now. And many expect big things from the feisty, quick-footed defenseman.
One of those people who expect big things from Corrado, is Canucks Assistant General Manager Laurence Gilman, who just this week singled out Corrado as one of the organization's "sleeper prospects" to keep an eye on. Here's what Gilman told Matt Sekeres on the Team1040 on Tuesday:
"Frank Corrado is the first guy that comes to my mind [as a sleeper prospect], and you're always hesitant making these kinds of statements because you don't want ot put to much pressure on the player. [Corrado is] quite a dynamic player and we think his ascension is far more advanced than it should be for a player picked in the fifth round, and there are those in our organization that think this guy will challenge to make the National Hockey League a lot sooner than most people think he will"
That is high praise, but it's well deserved. With the Sudbury Wolves last season, Frank Corrado logged major minutes against the toughest opponents, and often came out ahead. We watched Corrado closely last season, and were very impressed with what he was able to contribute to a middling Sudbury team.
Obviously we hate to use +/- as an indicator of anything, but Corrado was a +26 for a Sudbury club that carried a +2 goal differential (GD) on the season. Looking over the top +/- players in the OHL last season, you get a steady list of guys who played for the London Knights (+99 GD), Ottawa 67's (+52 GD), Niagara Ice-Dogs (+122 GD) and the Plymouth Whalers (+74 GD), and then out of nowhere you have future star Brandon Saad (Saginaw had an even GD, Saad was a +35), and Frank Corrado.
Having watched Corrado play ten or so of games last year, it looked to me like he has all the makings of an ice-tilting, two-way defenseman, exactly the type of blueliner that the Canucks and Alain Vigneault seem to be enamored by. I recently spoke with Brandon Sudeyko of intheoradio.com, and asked him whether he thought Corrado's +/- numbers reflected Corrado's possession ability, or were a product of luck or Sudbury's system. Generally speaking, Brandon agreed with me, that Corrado probably wasn't just sporting an OHL PDO of 110:
"Even though Corrado wasn't productive offensively, he was used in every situation. And the way the turnover was with Sudbury's D, he was paired with a bunch of different defenseman and was often double shifted.
His outlet pass would often help Sudbury turn the puck around and create pressure down-low, and his quick footwork and speed allows him to cut off the angle [in the offensive end] to keep the puck in. He might be the fourth guy to touch the puck, but he'd help Sudbury maintain possession and would get the "plus" that way."
That's what I like to hear!
I also exchanged e-mails with Brock Otten of OHL Prospects, who offered this scouting report on Frank Corrado's development and abilities:
"Corrado has developed into a terrific two-way defenseman. His biggest asset is his skating ability and general mobility. He uses it to skate the puck out of pressure situations in his own end, and he uses it to his advantage defensively. His defensive game improved massively this year, to the point where I'd call him one of the better defensive players in the league. He's not incredibly large, but he's aggressive and does not back down from anyone. He'll lay you out on the way to the net, punish you in the corners, and throw a couple of cross checks to your back in front of the net. The only disappointing aspect of his game has been the relative lack of development in his offensive game. He has the puck carrying ability to create offensively, but he still seems a bit tentative to let loose. It seemed like this year he was really focusing on the defensive end. He definitely has offensive potential though."
While we don't have access to OHL Quality of Competition numbers, in the games I watched last season, Corrado was attached at the hip to the likes of Sam Carrick, Brandon Saad and Tyler Toffoli (i.e. the opposition's top offensive players). Also, I observed that Corrado was nearly always the first man back for Sudbury - almost operating like a free-safety - and I'd wager that his offensive regression this past season is more reflective of a seachange in his usage, rather than a meaningful sign that his offensive skill-set is limited. For what it's worth, Brandon Sudeyko agrees with me:
"Corrado's shot isn't exactly there. He has a nice wrist shot but he doesn't have much of a clapper, which, you'd love to see from an upcoming stud defenseman. His offense is coming along though, which is good but his main focus is his defense, which has improved a lot. His vision and IQ has grown a lot, and he was utilizing the outlet pass a lot more this past season. Whatever the reason, he's started doing it and now he's comfortably throwing the puck up ice 100 feet, tape-to-tape, which is something we didn't see in the past.
His offensive regression was there statistically [last season], but that's not a reflection of his skill level when you watch him play."
While I don't necessarily think Corrado takes anything off the table offensively, there's no denying that he doesn't project as a power-play quarterback type at the NHL level. He's a solid puck-mover, however, and he does have the potential to be an above average top-four defenseman. For Mike Gillis and the Canucks to have found a prospect like that in the fifth round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft is, to put it mildly, very impressive.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Last day of devleopment camp in Vancouver


Like in the past, the last day of camp is the Grouse Grind. This year was quite a bit different than last year because it was pouring rain. But overall, I thought the Grouse Grind was harder last year, well at least I thought it was a little harder because it was my first time doing it then.
The rain definitely made it more difficult because you don't have to watch where you step as much and it added more elements that we didn't have to think about last year. There were puddles everywhere so we were trying to avoid some of those. That first step when your shoe gets soaked is the worst but after that, it's all the same. It just felt like I jumped in a pool and I was just drenched. It was either sweat or rain but I think it was more rain.
My team was Cannata, Baldwin, Rush, Baker and Robinson. Friesen's team won because they were able to stick together the most even though their time was the third fastest. Because it's a team exercise, our group tried to stay together the most. You can read all thedetails here.
Overall, it was a good camp, good experience again. It’s always fun to be back here in Vancouver and see everyone. I checked the weather today and it looks like the next week is going to be all sunny so I’m sure you guys can all enjoy that.

It was a lot of fun and I always learn a lot of cool stuff that I can take back with me for summer training. The camp really enforces that I can always improve and can never be status quo. I always want to keep getting better and improve the results so that is the main thing I'll take away from here.
One of the great things about camp is getting to know the guys and here are some things I learned:

Best dressed
Joel Rumpel

Best laugh
Alex Friesen

Best sense of humour
Zach Hall

Loudest
Dalton Sward

Quietest
Evan McEneny

Workaholic
Kurtis Bartliff

Best dancer
Myself

Class clown
Brendan Gaunce

Most likely to invent something:
Matt Beattie (because he's going to Yale)

Most likely to break a world record
Cooper Rush (for tallest man alive)

Most likely to star in a movie
Justin DaSilva

Best nickname
Freeze (Alex Friesen)
And of course, to end off my final blog entry, today's song of the day will be a classic: Night Moves by Bob Seger.
I'm headed back home now so I'll probably take a couple days off to rest and recover and then back at it on Monday. Thanks for reading the blog and hope you enjoyed it.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Frank Corrado blog day#5


Shootout supremacy

Monday, 02.07.2012 / 4:36 PM
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No off-ice workouts today, just a four-on-four tournament so it was good to get to play some hockey. It's the first time we've really had game-type situations so guys still worked hard but obviously knew that it was fun too.
This year's was different than last year's tournament, where we had 9-10 teams of 3 split up into two groups and played a round robin. Then you go on to the semis and the winning team from both sides will go into the finals. We only played half-ice for that last year and that was fun but this was more realistic. We didn’t have enough bodies for full teams so it was just four-on-four, which meant obviously more room on the ice. Group A ended up winning the game 5-4 but Group B won the shootout.
After the game ended, we all took turns in a shootout. I went up against Joel Rumpel. Everyone was talking about taking a slapshot so I went in, faked like I was going to take a slap shot and quickly pulled it to the right and wired it upstairs. But I think I had him beat on the slapshot but it was a good move nonetheless.
In Sudbury, at the end of Thursday practices, we'll do shootouts because we go into the weekend playing games so this is something fun before games and we get to see who’s hot for the shootout. I haven’t really found a move that I go to yet and I don't really take shootouts anyway but maybe I can work on it and you never know.
But having said that, I actually shot once in my first year. It was against Peterborough, it went into nine or 10 shooters and that Thursday before the game, I had actually won the shootout elimination. I was the seventh shooter in the game and I ended up missing but we won that game anyway so it worked out in the end.
Since we haven’t done a hip hop song yet, let’s go with hip hop today… My favourite song is probably PSA by Jay-Z, everyone knows it but it's a good one. I feel like you can never go wrong with Jay-Z and it's a good pre-game song too.