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Cory Sarich
Cory Sarich
Defenseman
(SAHR-ihch)
Number: 21
Height: 6' 4"
Weight: 207
Shoots: Right
Born: Aug 16, 1978
Birthplace: Saskatoon, SK, Canada
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Acquired: From Buffalo with Brian Holzinger, Wayne Primeau and Buffalo's third-round in the 2000 Entry Draft for Chris Gratton and the Lightning's second-round choice in the 2001 Entry Draft on March 10, 2000.
Drafted: BUF / 1996 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 2nd (27th overall)
2005-06 SEASON
Played in his 300th consecutive game to extend his franchise record games played streak Set a personal high with 6 shots on goal 4/1 @ FLA Logged a season high of 28:15 in ice time 3/30 vs. ATL Tied his career best with an assist in his 2nd consecutive game and blocked 4 shots 3/27 @ CAR Scored his 1st goal of the season and added an assist 3/25 vs. NYR Dished out his 10th assist of the season for a point in his 2nd consecutive game 1/31 vs. TOR Recorded an assist in his 2nd consecutive game 12/17 vs. DET Dished out his 4th assist of the season and had 2 hits 10/15 at PIT Added an assist to tie Cory Cross for 33rd on the all-time Lightning assists list (58) Dished out the primary assist, his 2nd of the season, and set the Lightning record for most consecutive games played with 227, surpassing Rob Zamuner (226) 10/8 vs. FLA Recorded his first point of the season with an assist and logged 19:28 of ice time 10/5 vs. CAR.

2006 STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS
Tied for 8th on the Lightning in points with 1 Tied for 3rd on the team among defenseman with a minus-1 rating Recorded his first point of the playoffs with an assist and had 2 shots on goal in Game 5 of the ECQF vs. OTT Recorded a plus-1 rating in 2 of the 5 games in the series Landed a total of 11 hits in the series Led the team in hits with five in Game 3 Had an even rating or better in Games 1 and 2.

CAREER
2003-04: Set new career highs in assists, points, plus/minus, shorthanded goals, and shots while appearing in all 82 games for the 2nd consecutive season Led Lightning defensemen in penalty minutes with 89 Recorded 2 multi-point games, doubling his total prior to 2003-04 Was 1 of 2 Lightning defensemen to score a shorthanded goal Surpassed Brad Richards for the 2nd longest games played streak in franchise history when he played his 209th consecutive game 3/5 vs. NJ He finished the season with an active streak of 224 games Scored his 1st career short handed goal 3/3 vs. CHI setting a new career best for points in a season with his 15th and 16th of the year... Recorded his 12th assist of the year setting a new career best for assists in a season 2/28 vs. WSH ... Tied Rob Zamuner for 10th all-time in Lightning penalty minutes with 323 2/26 vs. TOR ... Scored his 1st goal of the season, the 4th game winning goal of his career, 12/7 @ NYR ... Named NHL Co-Defensive Player of the Week for the period ending 11/23/03 ... Played 62:17 without being on the ice for a goal-against, and 152:30 in the previous eight games, allowing only 1 goal ... Had his 3rd multi-point game of his career (last 4/1/02 vs. NYR) 11/1 vs. CAR. 2004 Playoffs: Appeared in all 23 games, setting career bests in games played, penalty minutes, and shots Recorded 12 penalty minutes for a personal post-season high in Game 3 @ CGY 5/29 Logged more than 30 minutes of ice time (30:09) in Game 6 @ PHI 5/20 Recorded his 2nd point of the playoffs in Game 2 4/25 vs. MTL ... Recorded his 3rd career playoff point, his 1st of the post-season with an assist in Game 3 vs. New York. 2002-03: 1 of 3 Lightning players to appear in all 82 games Set career-highs in points (14), goals (5), and games played ... Registered 1st point of the season with an assist on Martin St. Louis's SHG 10/18 vs. ATL ... Scored 1st goal of the season with OT goal 11/17 at CAR (1st career OT goal), snapping a streak of 150 games without a goal ... Saw season-high 25:14 of ice time in 1-0 W vs. DET (1/7). 2003 Playoffs: Made his playoff debut, appearing in all 11 games and recording 2 assists and 6 PIM Was plus-2, tied with Fredrik Modin for 2nd best on team Recorded 1st career playoff point with assist on Lightning's 1st goal of 2003 Playoffs in Game 2 vs. WSH on 4/12 Tied team record with 5 shots in OT in Game 5 @ NJ on 5/2. 2001-02: 3rd on team with 112 hits ... Set career-highs in assists (11) Scored 6 points in the season's final 8 games ... Returned from injury 10/20 vs. NYR with 1st career multi-point game (0-2-2), including an assist on the GWG ... Assessed career-high 19 PIM 10/25 vs. LA ... Assigned to Springfield (AHL) on 11/20 for conditioning assignment and returned to team 11/25 ... Saw majority of his ice time as a forward 1/15 at NJ and 1/19 vs. MTL ... Recorded 2nd career multi-point game with 0-2-2 vs. NYR (4/1) ... Assisted on team's 2nd goal in 3-2 OT win at FLA (4/14) Saw season-high 25:20 of ice time in FLA game. 2000-01: Appeared 73 games, scoring 1-8-9 3rd on team with 136 hits and 83 blocked shots Registered 1st point of the season with an assist vs. ATL (10/15/00) Assigned to Detroit (IHL) on 10/26/00 and recalled on 11/4/00 Recorded team-high 7 hits in a season-high 24:15 of ice time at DAL (11/20/00) Scored 1st career goal 11/24/00 vs. FLA FLA goal was the game-winner Assigned to Detroit (IHL) on 2/13/01 and recalled on 2/15/01 Recorded points in back-to-back games for 2nd time in career with 0-2-2 from 3/30-4/1/01 Assisted on GWG at FLA (3/30/01) Appeared in 3 games with Detroit scoring 0-2-2. 1999-00: Recorded career-0-6-6 in 59 games with TB and BUF Registered 1st NHL point, an assist, 11/19/99 at ATL Made his Lightning debut 3/10/00 vs. FLA Recorded his 1st Lightning point, an assist, 3/12/00 vs. CHI. 1998-99: Spent major part of season with Rochester (AHL) Appeared in 4 games with BUF Made NHL debut 2/9/99 for BUF in 1-1 tie at OTT Selected to Bauer AHL All-Rookie Team Played with Canadian All-Stars in AHL All-Star Game (1/25/99) Played in 1st professional game 10/10/98 with Rochester (IHL) at Adirondack Registered 1st professional point (assist) vs. Cincinnati (10/17/98).

JUNIOR CAREER
Played parts of four seasons with Saskatoon and part of one season with Seattle of the Western Hockey League from 1994-95 to 1997-98. 1997-98: Split the season between Saskatoon and Seattle of the WHL, appearing in 33 games with Saskatoon and 13 with Seattle Recorded career highs with 8 goals, 40 assists and 48 points in 46 games Named to the WHL West Second All-Star Team. 1996-97: Led Saskatoon defensemen in scoring with 6 goals and 27 assists 4th on team in penalty minutes with 158. 1995-96: Played in 59 games, registering 5-18-23 Appeared in 3 playoff games, recording 4 penalty minutes. 1994-95: Joined Saskatoon for final 6 games of the regular season, and appeared in 3 playoff games, recording an assist.

INTERNATIONAL CAREER
1998: Appeared is his 2nd consecutive World Junior tournament, recording 0-1-1 and 6 penalty minutes in 7 games Served as an Assistant Captain. 1997: Appeared in 7 games for Canada in the World Junior Championships, recording no points and 6 PIM for the Gold Medal winners.

TRANSACTIONS
Acquired by the Lightning from BUF with Brian Holzinger, Wayne Primeau and BUF's third-round choice in the 2000 Entry Draft for Chris Gratton and the Lightning's second-round choice in the 2001 Entry Draft on 3/10/00 Selected by BUF in the second round, 27th overall, at the 1996 Entry Draft.

PERSONAL
Cory is married to Reagan He lists Calgary as his favorite NHL city and the Montreal Forum as his favorite NHL arena Cory's favorite meal is steak and potatoes He enjoys vacationing in Palm Springs, California Harrison Ford is his favorite actor, Julia Roberts is his favorite actress Admires Jack Nicklaus, Greg Norman and Goran Ivanisevic Lists his favorite book as "The Third Best Hull," by Dennis Hull Is a fan of the Canadian Football League's Saskatchewan Roughriders.