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Cory Conacher sticks in Tampa Bay

By Jay Skurski

Former Canisius College star Cory Conacher survived final cuts today to earn a spot on the Tampa Bay Lightning's opening-day roster.

"I like his grit, I like his relentlessness, I always have and he deserves it," Tampa Bay coach Guy Boucher said today, via the team's official Twitter account.  

Conacher, 23, won the MVP award in the American Hockey League last season after finishing with 39 goals and 80 points with the Norfolk Admirals, who the Calder Trophy.

He's played left wing on a line with Vincent Lecavalier and Teddy Purcell during the Lightning's training camp.

Conacher was mentioned today by TSN's Bob McKenzie on Twitter as a candidate for the Calder Trophy, which goes to the NHL's rookie of the year. 


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