Corban Knight (born September 10, 1990) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player currently with the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was a fifth round selection, 135th overall, by the Florida Panthers in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, but was traded to the Calgary Flames after the Panthers were unable to sign him to a contract. Knight played four seasons of college hockey with the University of North Dakota and was a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award in 2012–13.
Knight was born in Oliver, British Columbia and moved to High River, Alberta at age 11. His parents are Jack and Laurie Knight; his father is a Baptist minister and is the chaplain for the Calgary Flames and Calgary Stampeders.
Playing midget hockey with the Strathmore UFA Bisons, Knight led the Alberta Midget Hockey League in scoring in 2007–08 with 65 points. He was also named the most valuable player of the 2007 Mac’s Midget AAA World Invitational Tournament after leading the event in scoring. A late developer physically, he was not drafted to play junior hockey in the Western Hockey League, and opted to play Junior A with the Okotoks Oilers of the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL). He played a handful of games with the Oilers in 2007–08, then won the league’s Rookie of the Year award in 2008–09 after finishing eighth overall in AJHL scoring with 72 points, including 34 goals.
The Florida Panthers selected Knight with their fifth round selection, 135th overall, at the 2009 NHL Entry Draft
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. While he had expected to return to Okotoks for the 2009–10 season, he instead joined the University of North Dakota (UND) on a full scholarship after junior forward Matt Frattin was dismissed from the squad. Knight studied physical education, exercise science and wellness while attending UND.
In his freshman year, Knight finished second on the team in rookie scoring with 13 points and was twice named Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) rookie of the week. Knight and UND won their first of three consecutive Broadmoor Trophies as WCHA playoff champions. He finished second on the team and 10th in the WCHA with 40 points in his sophomore year, 2010–11, and set a school record for faceoff efficiency; he won 59.9 percent of his draws to surpass Zach Parise’s mark of 59.1 percent in 2003–04. Knight was named an assistant captain in his junior season of 2011–12, and finished with 40 points. He won the Archie Krum Memorial Athletic Scholarship, given by the school to a player who “demonstrates leadership qualities, high academic standards and athletic excellence.”
Completing his college eligibility in 2012–13, Knight recorded his third consecutive 40-point season as his 16 goals and 33 assists totaled a personal high of 49 points. He had a 19-game point streak, the longest for any UND player in 25 years. Knight won the Jeff Anderson Scholarship Award as UND’s most valuable player, was named to the National Collegiate Athletic Association West Region All-Tournament Team and was named to the second team at both the All-WCHA and All-American levels womens running hydration pack. He was also named a top-ten finalist for the Hobey Baker Award as top player in American college hockey; the award was ultimately won by Drew LeBlanc.
Upon his graduation, the Panthers were required to sign Knight to a contract, or risk losing his playing rights as he would become an unrestricted free agent. Unable to come to terms on a deal, Florida chose to trade him to the Calgary Flames in exchange for a fourth round selection at the 2013 NHL Entry Draft where to buy sweater shaver. Knight began the 2013–14 season with Calgary’s American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Abbotsford Heat. He had 14 goals and 51 points in his first 53 games when a string of injuries in Calgary led to his recall on March 5, 2014. Knight made his NHL debut that night in a 4–1 win over the Ottawa Senators. He scored his first goal (and point) against goaltender Frederik Andersen in a 7–2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on March 12, 2014.
During the 2014–15 season, while with AHL affiliate the Adirondack Flames, Knight was traded by the Flames in a return to his original club, the Florida Panthers, in exchange for Drew Shore on January 9, 2015.
Knight signed a one-year AHL contract with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms on September 1, 2016. In the 2016–17 season, he appeared in 72 games with the Phantoms where he recorded 11 goals and 29 assists for 40 points. On July 1, 2017, Knight was rewarded by his season through regaining a NHL contract in accepting a two-year, two-way deal with the Phantoms’ NHL affiliate, the Philadelphia Flyers.