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April 16, 2013

Corkum vying for Maine coaching job


In Corkum’s mind, UMaine is still one of the premier “it” jobs in all of college hockey, one that he intends to stamp his own style of hockey on if he is selected.

“I think we’re going to try to change the style. I prefer a more physical style of play with more emphasis being on winning the battles in front of the net at both ends of the ice,” said Corkum. “I think as a head coach I would mention some of the accountability in not taking some stupid penalties that hurt the team, and we’ll address those mistakes in a timely fashion when it comes to young players. And once you set that precedent, carrying it through the rest of the year even if you have to sit one of your better players down at times.

“If my name was called at the end of the day, I would be extremely giddy, extremely excited to be a part of this program again from a head coaching standpoint, and put my own spin on the program and see where it takes us,” continued Corkum, who said former coaches like Walsh and Jim Tortorella and Terry Murray were significant influences on his own coaching mindset. “I have a lot of confidence in my abilities as a head coach and as a motivator. I also have Dan Kerlucke. We both played under Shawn Walsh, who’s a knowledgeable guy and shares a similar vision for our program.

“Shawn Walsh did an incredible job of building this program up and Tim Whitehead did a very good job of keeping it that way. At the end of the day Maine hockey is going to be fine whether it’s me or somebody else.”

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