Corban Knight
Born (1990-09-10)September 10, 1990,
Oliver, BC, CAN
6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
201 lb (91 kg; 14 st 5 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Right
NHL team Calgary Flames
NHL Draft 135th overall, 2009
Florida Panthers
Playing career 2013–present

Corban Knight (born September 10, 1990) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player for the Calgary Flames of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was a fifth round selection, 135th overall, by the Florida Panthers in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, but was traded to Calgary after the Panthers were unable to sign him to a contract. Knight played four seasons of college hockey with the University of North Dakota and was a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award in 2012–13.

Early life[edit | edit source]

Knight was born in Oliver, British Columbia and moved to High River, Alberta at age 11.[1] His parents are Jack and Laurie Knight; his father is a Baptist minister and is the chaplain for the Calgary Flames and Calgary Stampeders.[2]

Playing midget hockey with the Strathmore UFA Bisons, Knight led the Alberta Midget Hockey League in scoring in 2007–08 with 65 points.[3] He was also named the most valuable player of the 2007 Mac's Midget AAA World Invitational Tournament after leading the event in scoring.[1] A late developer physically, he was not drafted to play junior hockey in the Western Hockey League, and opted to play Junior A with the Okotoks Oilers of the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL).[2] He played a handful of games with the Oilers in 2007–08, then won the league's Rookie of the Year award in 2008–09 after finishing eighth overall in AJHL scoring with 72 points, including 34 goals.[3]

Playing career[edit | edit source]

College[edit | edit source]

The Florida Panthers selected Knight with their fifth round selection, 135th overall, at the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.[4] While he had expected to return to Okotoks for the 2009–10 season, he instead joined the University of North Dakota (UND) on a full scholarship after junior forward Matt Frattin was dismissed from the squad.[5][6] Knight studied physical education, exercise science and wellness while attending UND.[3]

In his freshman year, Knight finished second on the team in rookie scoring with 13 points and was twice named Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) rookie of the week.[3] Knight and UND won their first of three consecutive Broadmoor Trophies as WCHA playoff champions.[7] He finished second on the team and 10th in the WCHA with 40 points in his sophomore year, 2010–11, and set a school record for faceoff efficiency; he won 59.9 percent of his draws to surpass Zach Parise's mark of 59.1 percent in 2003–04.[3] Knight was named an assistant captain in his junior season of 2011–12,[8] and finished with 40 points. He won the Archie Krum Memorial Athletic Scholarship, given by the school to a player who "demonstrates leadership qualities, high academic standards and athletic excellence."[3]

Completing his college eligibility in 2012–13, Knight recorded his third consecutive 40-point season as his 16 goals and 33 assists totaled a personal high of 49 points.[4] He had a 19 game point streak, the longest for any UND player in 25 years. Knight won the Jeff Anderson Scholarship Award as UND's most valuable player, was named to the National Collegiate Athletic Association West Region All-Tournament Team and was named to the second team at both the All-WCHA and All-American levels.[9] He was also named a top-ten finalist for the Hobey Baker Award as top player in American college hockey;[10] the award was ultimately won by Drew LeBlanc.[11]

Professional[edit | edit source]

Upon his graduation, the Panthers were required to sign Knight to a contract, or risk losing his playing rights as he would become an unrestricted free agent. Unable to come to terms on a deal, Florida chose to trade him to the Calgary Flames in exchange for a fourth round selection at the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.[2] Knight began the 2013–14 season with Calgary's American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Abbotsford Heat. He had 14 goals and 51 points in his first 53 games when a string of injuries in Calgary led to his recall on March 5, 2014.[12] Knight made his NHL debut that night in a 4–1 win over the Ottawa Senators.[13] He scored his first goal (and point) against goaltender Frederik Andersen in a 7–2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on March 12, 2014.[14]

Career statistics[edit | edit source]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2007–08 Okotoks Oilers AJHL 4 1 0 1 0 7 0 0 0 0
2008–09 Okotoks Oilers AJHL 61 34 38 72 55 9 10 2 12 12
2009–10 North Dakota Fighting Sioux WCHA 37 6 7 13 35
2010–11 North Dakota Fighting Sioux WCHA 44 14 30 44 34
2011–12 North Dakota Fighting Sioux WCHA 39 16 24 40 36
2012–13 North Dakota WCHA 41 16 33 49 40
2013–14 Abbotsford Heat AHL 70 18 26 44 50 2 0 1 1 2
2013–14 Calgary Flames NHL 7 1 0 1 0
NHL totals 7 1 0 1 0

Awards and honours[edit | edit source]

Award Year Ref.
AJHL Rookie of the Year 2008–09 [2]
All-WCHA Second Team 2012–13 [9]
AHCA West Second-Team All-American 2012–13
NCAA West Region All-Tournament Team 2012–13 [9]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Gilbertson, Wes. "Calgary Flames acquire rights to High River's Corban Knight from the Florida Panthers", Calgary Sun, 2013-06-18. Retrieved on 2013-06-29. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Cruickshank, Scott. "Ex-Okotoks Oiler a Flame", Calgary Herald, 2013-06-19, p. C3. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 (2012) 2012–13 UND Men's Ice Hockey Media Guide. University of North Dakota, 47–48. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 Corban Knight player card. National Hockey League. Retrieved on 2013-06-29.
  5. Hill, Angela. "Knight excited about his future", High River Times, 2009-08-21. Retrieved on 2013-06-29. 
  6. "UND adds forward to hockey roster", WDAY, 2009-08-24. Retrieved on 2013-06-29. 
  7. Halverson, Brian. "Dell’s 22-save outing keeps Broadmoor Trophy with North Dakota", US College Hockey Online, 2012-03-17. Retrieved on 2013-06-29. 
  8. (2012) 2012–13 UND Men's Ice Hockey Media Guide. University of North Dakota, 167. 
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 "Knight named MVP, Kristo receives pair of awards", University of North Dakota, 2013-04-26. Retrieved on 2013-06-29. 
  10. "Panthers Prospect Corban Knight Named a Finalist for Hobey Baker Award", Florida Panthers Hockey Club, 2013-03-22. Retrieved on 2013-06-29. 
  11. "LeBlanc wins 2013 Hobey Baker Award, signs with Blackhawks", The Sports Network, 2013-04-12. Retrieved on 2013-06-29. 
  12. Vickers, Aaron. "Hemsky debuts with Senators; Knight up for Flames", National Hockey League, 2014-03-05. Retrieved on 2014-03-05. 
  13. Gilbertson, Wes. "Hosts heat up", Calgary Sun, 2014-03-06, p. S5. 
  14. Sportak, Randy. "Hosts dine out on Ducks", Calgary Sun, 2014-03-13, p. S3. 

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