Kevin Cormier was the first Maritime Junior Hockey player to be drafted by a NHL team since 1982. Before he played for the MJAHL, Cormier spent the 2001-02 and 2002-03 seasons playing for the Louis J. Robichaud Patriotes in the Eastern Conference High School Hockey League. The former Moncton Gagnon Beaver was originally passed over in the QMJHL draft. He signed a free agent contract with the P.E.I Rockets before the 2003-04 started. A couple months passed and Cormier had his rights traded to the Halifax Mooseheads.
2004-05: Gave the Q’s tough guys a rude awakening during the season when he arrived on the scene and quickly established himself as the top enforcer with the Halifax Mooseheads. He showed to have a limited amount of offensive upside, but his 235 penalty minutes were good for second best in the league.
2005-06: Returned to the Mooseheads on a younger and inexperienced roster. Cormier was looked to provide more overall. He picked up his game because he came into the season in the best shape he’s been to date. He jumped out early in the season, but leveled off at about the mid-point.
2006-07: Skated as an overager and took the opportunity to play with his brother Patrice and a young Rimouski Oceanic club at the start of the season. While it was beneficial for the brothers, the elder was traded to the Shawinigan Cataractes right after Christmas. With Cormier’s need to develop his overall game beyond fighting and with Rimouski’s change in strategy, it made the move possible. In Shawinigan, Cormier was able to play more minutes and get additional experience in all aspects of the game. While he played almost the same amount of games, the results were just about the same.
2007-08: Played with the Arizona Sundogs in the CHL. Injuries set him back over the course of the season. Saw action in 23 regular season games, collecting five points (3 goals, 2 assists) and 108 penalty minutes. The Sundogs went onto win the league championship, sweeping the Colorado Eagles in four straight to take home their first ever title. However, Cormier wasn’t listed as a roster player due to injury.
2008-09: Acquired by the Devils in the off-season, Cormier spent the majority of the season in the ECHL with the Trenton Devils, where he racked up 94 PIM’s and four points in 29 games.
Cormier is an enforcer. He has average skill and is a mediocre skater. He plays a physical game and is known to drop the gloves without hesitation. By all accounts, he packs a lot of power and rarely lost his bouts. Cormier showed to be very competent in certain aspects of his game, but he needs to add another element or two, along with consistency.
Cormier hasn't developed much of an all around game to go with his pugilistic skills, and will most likely spend the majority of his hockey career toiling in the minor pro ranks.