|Sens defenceman Joe Corvo represented his native USA during the 2006 IIHF World Championship in Riga, Latvia. Photo: J. Gross/Getty Images/NHLI|
by Todd Anderson
The 2006 NHL off-season has been an exciting one for Joe Corvo.
Shortly after the regular season was over for he and his Los Angeles Kings teammates, Corvo, a defenceman, and his wife Angela celebrated the birth of their second son, Maddux. The couple's other son is 20-month-old Cameron.
Already beaming with the new addition to the family, the Corvo's had another reason to celebrate on July 1 when Ottawa Senators general manager John Muckler signed Joe to a multi-year contract.
"I'm really excited, especially because it's a Canadian team and this is where hockey started," Corvo says. "I've watched these guys on television and they have super talent. I haven't played in the playoffs yet, so it's great to see the history of reaching the playoffs here."
Corvo looks forward to joining the likes of Wade Redden, Chris Phillips, Anton Volchenkov, Andrej Meszaros, Christoph Schubert and newcomer Tom Preissing (acquired in a trade from the San Jose Sharks) on the Sens' blueline.
"I don't think I could go wrong playing with any of those guys," Corvo says.
Last season the Oak Park, Ill. native had a clear lead over all Kings' defencemen in shots on goal.
"I think I have a good shot, I like to shoot," Corvo says. "I like jumping into the play and being the third or fourth man sneaking in. I think I bring excitement and speed."
New restrictions on obstruction in the NHL last season complimented his game.
"It was great," Corvo says of the new rules. "Guys were not allowed to hold on. I like wiggling off situations in the corner with the puck. Defensively, I play a containment game and with my quick feet I'm able to stay between our opponents and the net."
Corvo says he has grown to know a little about Preissing during their duels in the Western Conference the past two seasons. Among the other Senators' players, Brian McGrattan is the only one he has been acquainted with in the past. The two players attended a training camp together during their junior hockey days.
Along with spending time with his family and following his favourite baseball team, the Chicago Cubs, Corvo has become involved in a new hobby recently.
"I'm getting into cars a bit. Right now I have a '65 Lincoln Continental being restored. I like old cars and I'm keeping my eyes open for deals."
Corvo and his family are currently looking at houses for their move to Ottawa -- including former Senator and Corvo's former teammate in L.A. Bryan Smolinski's old home. They expect to move to the city towards the end of August.