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January 24, 2002 Sweater retired: Hockey star, alumnus Jim Corsi



Harry Zarins, Jim Corsi

Athletics director Harry Zarins congratulates Jim Corsi.

Photo by Derek Dugas

Jim Corsi’s hockey sweater, No. 1, was retired at a ceremony preceding the Stingers game against McGill on Jan. 13 at the Ed Meagher Arena on the Loyola campus.

Jim was one of those rare athletes who excelled at two sports. At Concordia, he played five years of soccer and three years of hockey, earning All-Canadian honours in both.

Although Jim played on a national championship soccer team in 1973, it is his hockey exploits that brought him the greatest recognition. In his final year as a goaltender with the Stingers, he had six shutouts and a 1.16 goals-against average. In 1976, the year he graduated, he was the first recipient of the Senator Joseph A. Sullivan Trophy, which is presented to the outstanding CIAU hockey player.

Other honours during Jim’s university career include the Loyola Campus Medal in 1976, the Brodrick Award, also in 1976, and the Loyola and Concordia Male Athlete of the Year. He was inducted to Concordia’s Sports Hall of Fame in 1997.

After graduation, Jim’s hockey skills took him to the professional ranks, playing for the Quebec Nordiques in the WHA, and the Edmonton Oilers and the Minnesota North Stars in the NHL.

He then moved to Europe and competed in the Italian first division and represented Italy in several World Championships and at the 1984 Olympics. When his playing career ended, he turned to teaching and broadcasting. He is presently goalie coach for the Buffalo Sabres.