Bob Corkum will not be working his “dream job” this winter, but he certainly landed on his feet.
Just a few days after learning he would not be retained as a member of the University of Maine hockey coaching staff, Corkum was hired last week to work in the New York Islanders organization’s player development office. Former University of Maine goaltender Garth Snow, who is the general manager for the Islanders, provided Corkum, a Triton Regional High hockey legend, with an opportunity to carve out a new career path in the NHL.
“Obviously, he has an impressive resume as player in the NHL and as a college hockey coach. He had a great pro career and he had success at the college level. He has a wealth of knowledge. He’s a good addition to our staff,” Snow said on the Islanders’ website last week.
Corkum will be the fifth former Black Bear to join the Islanders’ organization.
In addition to Snow, Jack Capuano is the head coach of the Islanders, Mike Dunham is the Islanders’ goalie coach and 1992 Hobey Baker Award winner Scott Pellerin is the head coach of the Islanders’ American Hockey League franchise in Bridgeport, Conn.
“You can never have enough Maine Black Bears,” said Snow.
Snow said Corkum will spend a lot of time with the younger players in the Islanders’ organization “helping them get to the NHL.”
“They may need a little extra guidance in how to find their games. He’ll be very helpful to those players,” said Snow. “He will also track the players we’ve drafted (when they go off to) college or Major Junior and spend some time with them. He will have a wide range of duties that he’ll fulfill within the organization.”
Snow would not disclose the terms of Corkum’s contract.