2007-08: In 12 games with the Indiana Ice (USHL), Corey Fienhage netted a goal and three points. He finished up with Eastview High (USHS) this season, netting six goals and as many assists in 24 games while serving as the team’s captain. He was a Mr. Hockey (Minn) finalist.
2008-09: This was the defenseman’s first season with the University of North Dakota (WCHA). In nine games, he tallied an assist and 28 penalty minutes. Too many D-men on the UND squad forced him to the bench for most of the season.
2009-10: Fienhage saw limited ice time in his sophomore season at North Dakota and chose to sign with Kamloops of the WHL in May 2010; foregoing his final two years of NCAA eligibility. Fienhage had two assists and was +4 with 28 PMs in 30 games for the Fighting Sioux.
2010-11: The move to Kamloops was a mixed blessing for Fienhage. The physical nature of junior hockey was more suited to his game and he played much more than he did at North Dakota, On the downside, the Blazers finished last in the WHL's British Columbia Division and Fienhage (-15) was one of seven players with a plus/minus of -15 or worse. In 70 games with the Blazers, he scored 4 goals with 10 assists and accumulated 96 PMs. Fienhage made his pro debut following the WHL season, appearing in 10 games for Portland (AHL). He was scoreless during his stint with the Pirates, which included six playoff games, and was +1 with 10 PMs.
2011-12: Fienhage attended camp with the Sabres and was signed to an AHL contract. He was sent to the ECHL's Gwinnett Gladiators, playing 19 ECHL games before being re-called by Rochester at the end of November. Fienhage had 4 assists and was plus-two with 20 penalty minutes in 20 AHL games with the Amerks. Rochester finished second in the North Division. Fienhage was with the Amerks during the playoff series with the Toronto Marlies but did not appear in any games. In 32 games with Gwinnett, he scored 5 goals with 8 assists and was minus-four with 28 penalty minutes.
Fienhage is a big, rugged defenseman who projects to be a stay-at-home defenseman at the NHL level. While he possesses a hard shot, he will not be counted on to provide a lot of offense. His most obvious weakness is his skating and passing ability.
Fienhage will try and stick with Rochester for most of the 2012-13 season after spending some time in the ECHL last year.