The 2004-05 National Hockey League lockout forced professional hockey players to find a new temporary place to practice their trade. Defenseman Joe Corvo decided to go home. The Oak Park native signed with the Chicago Wolves on Feb. 23, 2005, joining a team that had built up a 30-19-4-2 record through the first four and a half months of the season.
Corvo provided an immediate impact for Chicago, posting four points (3G, A) in his first five games in a Wolves sweater, which included a two-goal outing his in third game with the team. Overall, he registered seven goals and 14 points in 23 regular-season games, helping the Wolves claim their first ever West Division title.
During the playoffs, Corvo led team defensemen with four goals and nine points in 18 outings during Chicago’s run to the Calder Cup Finals. Even though Corvo and the Wolves fell short of winning the Calder Cup, losing in four games to the Philadelphia Phantoms, it was a productive lockout season for the Western Michigan University alum.
After the lockout was over, Corvo re-signed with the Los Angeles Kings, the organization that drafted him in 1997. The 2005-06 season he spent in Tinsletown still remains his most productive NHL season, as he registered career-highs in goals (14), assists (26) and points (40) in a career-most 81 contests. He parlayed that season’s success into a four-year contract with the Ottawa Senators in the summer of 2006. In his first season in Ottawa, he helped the Senators reach their first-ever Stanley Cup Final. Unfortunately for Corvo, Ottawa would go on to lose to the Anaheim Ducks in five games, marking the second time in three years he would lose in a league final.
Overall, Corvo has notched 68 goals, 150 assists and 218 points in 486 career NHL games with Los Angeles, Ottawa, the Carolina Hurricanes and Washington Capitals, spanning seven seasons (2002-04, 2005-present). The 32-year-old defenseman is set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1 and you can follow along with this Wolves alum by clicking here.