SAINT PAUL/MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.
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-- Minnesota Wild President and General Manager Doug Risebrough today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has acquired center Corey Locke from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for defenseman Shawn Belle.
Locke, 24 (5/8/84), has spent the last four seasons with the American Hockey League’s (AHL) Hamilton Bulldogs, totaling 229 points (85-144=229) in 313 games. He also made his NHL debut with the Montreal Canadiens against the Chicago Blackhawks on Jan. 8, 2008. The 5-foot-9, 171-pound native of Newmarket, Ont., was Montreal’s fourth-round pick (No. 113 overall) in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. He led the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) with 151 points (63-88=151) in 2002-03, and he was named league Most Valuable Player for the first of two times. Locke also won an AHL Calder Cup with Hamilton in 2006-07, racking up 22 points (10-12=22) in 22 playoff games.
Belle, 23 (1/3/85), posted three points (1-2=3) in 63 games for the AHL’s Houston Aeros last season. He was acquired from Dallas along with defenseman Martin Skoula for Willie Mitchell and the Wild’s second round pick in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft on March 9, 2006.