BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — December 29, the day the Binghamton Devils signed goaltender Evan Cormier to an Amateur Tryout. Before that, he was playing college hockey in Canada. Now, Cormier is one of the hottest goalies in the entire AHL, posting four consecutive victories.
“It definitely wasn’t the route I was expecting to take,” said Binghamton Devils goalie Evan Cormier.
Drafted in the fourth round in 2016 by the New Jersey Devils, Evan Cormier went unsigned and was playing for the University of Guelph until Binghamton came calling for a goalie.
“It was hard to pass up,” said Cormier. “So, it was tough leaving school, but at the end of the day, I think I made the right decision.”
Cormier signed an Amateur Tryout contract, meaning there was no guarantee he’d stay in Binghamton.
“I definitely had something to prove from down and playing CIS (Canadian Hockey League),” said Cormier. “It’s a different level of hockey.”
So, Cormier was playing for his career.
“(Binghamton) is where I want to be and I had to prove myself and show everybody that I could play here.”
After back-to-back victories, including a shutout against Syracuse, Binghamton rewarded Cormier with a AHL contract.
“Definitely, my brother and my parents (were the first people I called),” said Cormier. “I called them right away and they were all really excited, and like I said, it was an opportunity I could pass up.”
Now, maybe he’ll get a helmet with his actual number (No. 1) on it.
“(No. 35) was my number all in Junior,” said Cormier. “I wasn’t able to get a new helmet yet in Guelph, so I was still wearing that one, hopefully I’ll get one soon.”
Either way, the Binghamton Devils will continue to ride the momentum of their hot goalie.
“It’s like pitching in baseball, if the other team doesn’t score, they can’t win,” said Binghamton Devils head coach Mark Dennehy. “Flat out.”
“Having a guy play like he is, it’s something that you just kind of take every game and it just gives the whole team confidence,” said Binghamton Devils defenseman John Ramage.
Cormier and the Binghamton Devils are back at home Wednesday night against Hershey.