Cory has dedicated his life to the sport of hockey. He graduated in 2005 from Southern New Hampshire University with a Bachelor’s degree in Sports Management. While studying there, he played Division II hockey and lacrosse. While interning with the Manchester Monarchs, he played a key role in organizing the 2005 AHL All Star Game.
After college, Cory played two seasons of professional hockey in the NEHL for the Mohawk Valley Ice Cats and Norfolk Ice Cats in Simcoe, Ontario. He then returned to Western New York, where he joined the Buffalo State College Men’s Hockey Team, Buffalo Jr. Sabres and the Niagara University Purple Eagles team as an Assistant Coach. In 2016-2017 season, Cory was an assistant coach with the University at Buffalo ACHA D1 hockey team and is currently the U18 NTB coach with the Bud Bakewell Ice Hawks.
Cory has and still does work with some very prominent hockey schools, including:
- Golden Horseshoe Hockey School
- FCA Hockey
- Jason Dawe Prospects
- Pro Ambitions Hockey
- Maksymum Hockey
- Sports International Hockey Academy
- Ben Vanderklok Goaltending Camps – Nashville Predators
- Mitch Korn’s Goaltenders & Defensemen Camp – Washington Capitals
Wherever Cory instructs, he is dedicated to teaching proper skating techniques and enforcing safety rules and regulations. He instills his passion of the sport through his knowledge, rigorous training, words of encouragement and his quick smile to calm even the most challenging skater.
In addition to working with various youth hockey teams as a Skills and Goaltending specialist with 3D.Hockey and his wide-ranging professional experience, Cory excels in community service. He offers his time, support and his kind heart to many community groups such as S.A.B.A.H., Variety Club of Buffalo and U.S.A. Sled Hockey.
Cory’s dedication, generosity and kindness will surely be passed down to his pride and joy, his young sons Shane and Jordan, who will hopefully follow in his footsteps, as Cory did with his father, the late Larry Mickey. Larry was a professional hockey player for several teams, retiring from the NHL with the Buffalo Sabres in 1975.