The Antoine Corbin era is over for the Prince Albert Raiders.
Corbin, 20, has signed an American Hockey League contract with the Hamilton Bulldogs.
Corbin appeared in 118 games with the Raiders, scoring 20 goals and adding 32 assists.
He was acquired from the Kelowna Rockets via trade in 2010. The Raiders gave up a 2012 third round bantam pick, which the Rockets used to draft left winger Chris Seto of Surrey, B.C.
The overage defenceman was off to a quick start with the Raiders this year, scoring in both games that he played in. Last season, he led Raider rearguards with 12 goals, and he also earned 112 penalty minutes.
“I am very excited for this opportunity for me to play professional hockey and return to my roots in Eastern Canada,” Corbin said in a release. “I want to thank the entire Prince Albert Raider organization for their support in helping me to develop over the last two years there. The coaches, my billets Carole and Stacey, the players and especially the fans who were so supportive last year during a difficult season.
“I am so glad the boys are off to a tremendous start and hope they keep it up and have a great season.”
The good news for the Raiders is that they had already acquired his replacement, Yorkton’s Davis Vandane, when they sent a conditional eighth round pick in the 2013 draft to the Spokane Chiefs last week.
The bright spot on the day for the team was they have entered the CHL rankings for the first time in a while, debuting at No. 6 based on their 7-0-0-1 record. They are currently the top ranked WHL team.
The No. 8 team in the rankings is the Portland Winterhawks, who make their sole appearance of the year at the Art Hauser Centre on Friday at 7 p.m.