“At the end of the day I know the university and the people of Maine want someone that’s going to win some games first of all and be in contention for the tournament every year,” the Salisbury native asserted. “Someone that’s going to reach out to them and make them feel like they’re part of the family.
“Everyone is a part of it up here, that’s what makes it such a great place to play. It’s well documented our fans up here are extremely knowledgeable and extremely loyal, and they demand a lot from the athletic department and the players themselves. They want to see a hard-working product on the ice and one that has success.”
Although the team had a significant dip in results this past season, going just 11-19-8 after the 2011-12 year saw the Black Bears reach the Hockey East championship game and the first round of the NCAA tournament, Corkum believes there are significant building blocks to put Maine right back at the top of the collegiate pecking order.
“This wasn’t the season that we hoped for. At the same time we had a lot of good come out of this season,” Corkum said. “Our freshmen scored a lot of goals. At the end of the day over the course of the year, the freshmen accounted for 40 percent of (the team’s) scoring. Another bright spot was the play of Martin Ouellette, a junior goaltender from Quebec, who had an outstanding year and certainly kept us in every single game. It was unusual the amount of one-goal games we had; I think it ended up being nine in all.
“So the numbers weren’t where we liked them, that’s for sure, but at the same time there were some positives. Our freshman class was among the best in the entire nation. I think we can build on that, and we have another strong recruiting class coming in this year. Hopefully they can toe the line there. Our goaltending was great, and I really liked the way the team handled the tough start and regained itself in the second half of the season. We were only behind Lowell as far as points gained in Hockey East play, so that’s another step in the right direction and hopefully I’m in a position to build on that next year.”