Connor Corcoran waited for 154 names to be called before hearing his name at the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. The long wait was worth the result of a dream come true.
Corcoran, a Markham, Ontario, native, was selected in the fifth round of the draft by the Vegas Golden Knights on Day 2. Corcoran, 17, couldn't actually believe it.
"That moment will stick with me forever," said Corcoran of his name being called. "Especially having my family here, it's just awesome having them by my side and them getting to experience it as well,"
Corcoran, a 17-year old defenseman, played on the top pairing for the Windsor Spitfires during the 2017-18 season. In his second season with the Spitfires, he recorded 24 points (3 G, 21 A) in 63 games. During his two years in Windsor, Corcoran tallied 34 points (8 G, 26 A) in 122 games.
Corcoran was assigned to Team Grey during the Golden Knights development camp and teamed with his fellow draftees from this past draft, and saw some familiar faces such as Dylan Ferguson, Nic Hague, Nick Suzuki, and more.
"It was great getting to skate for the first time with all the draft picks and the guys from last year," said Corcoran.
Not only did Corcoran have a chance to work with his fellow rookies, but he had a chance to soak in as much information as possible from the guys that have multiple development camps under their belt.
"I definitely just want to learn, this is my first time and I am just taking it all in right now," he said.
Corcoran became a sponge throughout camp learning from not only the coaches, but mainly a lot of the other players.
"There were a lot of new faces and I got to meet a lot of new people and new friends," Corcoran said. "Everyone here was great. The coaching staff was really nice to me. Everything is really first class down here. The fans were unreal. Overall, it was unbelievable."