Adam McCormick is slowly writing his page in the Cape Breton Eagles record book.
The 19-year-old joined an elite class of blue-liners last week when he recorded his 100th career regular season point on Oct. 16, becoming only the fifth defenceman in team history to reach the milestone.
McCormick picked up an assist on Shaun Miller’s second goal of the season against the Charlottetown Islanders, hitting the milestone, but he didn’t realize it until after the game.
“I didn’t really notice until I saw a tweet on Twitter after the game,” said the Woodstock, N.B., product. “It’s my fourth year with the team, so the numbers are adding up as the years go on, so it’s definitely special for me.”
McCormick joins Jean-Claude Sawyer (185), Leon Gawanke (121), Loïk Léveillé (118) and Mathieu Dumas (115) in the top five defencemen in points in the Cape Breton team’s history.
Morgan Ellis (96), Olivier LeBlanc (91), Jan Piskacek (87), Francis Meilleur (86) and Justin Haché (79) round out the top 10 defencemen to record points in an Eagles uniform.
“I didn’t realize some of the names on that list until I searched it after the game to see what was going on there,” said McCormick. “It’s definitely good to see my buddy Leon (Gawanke) up there as well.”
Most career regular season points by a defenceman:
1. Jean-Claude Sawyer – 2002-2007 – 185 points
2. Leon Gawanke – 2016-2019 – 121 points
3. Loïk Léveillé – 2013-2016 – 118 points
4. Mathieu Dumas – 1999-2002 – 115 points
5. Adam McCormick – 2016-2020 – 103 points
McCormick was drafted by the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles in round three, No. 49 overall, at the 2016 Quebec Major Junior Hockey League Entry Draft in Charlottetown.
Today, McCormick is playing in his fourth season with the Sydney-based team and has been consistent when it comes to putting up points from the Eagles blue-line.
In his rookie season, McCormick recorded five goals and 16 assists for 21 points in 2016-17, before posting back-to-back 30-plus point seasons in 2017-18 and 2018-19.
In 13 games this season, McCormick has two goals and 13 assists for 15 points and is currently ranked No. 5 in the league among defenceman in points, only behind Isaac Belliveau (Rimouski), Darien Kielb (Quebec), Jérémie Poirier (Saint John) and Lukas Cormier (Charlottetown).
Meanwhile, McCormick is currently ranked No. 5 in regular season assists (82) in Eagles history, four assists behind Léveillé for fourth spot and 10 helpers from Gawanke at No. 2.
McCormick wants his offensive production to improve this season, but not before he takes care of busy in the defensive zone.
“I’m definitely focusing a bit more on my offensive production compared to last year,” said McCormick, who attended the Dallas Stars development camp last year.
“With saying that, I have to be accountable in the defensive zone as well, so I’m working on becoming more of a two-way defenceman.”
- Hometown: Woodstock, N.B.
- Age: 19
- Height: 6’0”
- Weight: 185
- Position: Defence
- QMJHL Draft: Selected by the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles in round three, No. 49 overall, at the 2016 draft
- NHL Draft: Undrafted
Jarrett Baker, McCormick’s defence partner, considers McCormick to be an underrated player in the league.
“He’s a really good defenceman and he’s already having a good year,” said Baker, who was acquired by the Eagles from Drummondville last June.
“He’s really easy to play with, he communicates a lot and he’s good offensively and when he gets the puck you know he’s going to do good things with it.”
Baker himself is having a strong start to the season both offensively and defensively. The Black Rock, Victoria County, native has four goals and 13 points in 13 games along with a plus-21 rating.
“Adam and I are good friends off the ice and I think that definitely translates to our play on the ice as well,” said Baker. “We have really good chemistry on and off the ice, so there’s no harm in that for sure.”
As the top pairing defencemen, McCormick and Baker tend to play against other teams’ top lines on a nightly basis, something McCormick embraces.
“I’ve been playing against top lines for every team for quite a while now,” said McCormick, noting he played spring hockey with Baker a number of years ago.
“I’ve learned from older guys that I played with like Olivier LeBlanc and Leon Gawanke – it’s always fun and challenging playing against top lines.”
McCormick will be in the Cape Breton lineup tonight when the team hosts the Victoriaville Tigres (3-8-0-3) at 7 p.m. at Centre 200 in Sydney.