Geoff Courtnall

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Geoff Courtnall
Born (1962-08-18) August 18, 1962 (age 52)
Victoria, BC, CAN
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shot Left
Played for Boston Bruins
Edmonton Oilers
Washington Capitals
St. Louis Blues
Vancouver Canucks
National team  Canada
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 1983–2000

Geoffrey Lawton Courtnall (born August 18, 1962) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player in the National Hockey League (NHL) from 1983 to 2000. He was the head coach of the Victoria Grizzlies of the BCHL as well as the University of Victoria Vikes of the BCIHL.

Playing career[edit]

Geoff Courtnall was signed by the Boston Bruins of the NHL as an undrafted free agent on July 6, 1983. He played for the Bruins from the 1983–84 NHL season to March 8, 1988 when he was traded, along with Bill Ranford to the Edmonton Oilers for Andy Moog. While in Edmonton, he helped the Oilers win the 1988 Stanley Cup Championship. Barely four months later, the Oilers traded Courtnall to the Washington Capitals for Greg Adams. After two seasons in Washington, he was traded to the St. Louis Blues for Mike Lalor and Peter Zezel.

Courtnall's first nine seasons were spent on five NHL and two AHL clubs, the Hershey Bears and Moncton Golden Flames.

After less than a season in St. Louis, he was sent at the trading deadline to the Vancouver Canucks in a blockbuster trade. Going to Vancouver were Robert Dirk, Sergio Momesso, Cliff Ronning, and future considerations. Going to St. Louis were Garth Butcher and Dan Quinn. This trade marked a major turning point for the Canucks as these players were among the core that would lead the Canucks on their run to the Stanley Cup Finals in 1994. Courtnall would only play one more season in Vancouver after the Cup run of '94 as he went back to the St. Louis Blues for the start of the 1995–96 season. Courtnall, in his second tour with the Blues, would score almost 80 goals over five seasons, but only played 30 games over his final two as the result of several concussions, but reached the 1,000 game mark during the 1997-98 season in which he scored 31 goals in his last full season. After sitting out the last half of the 1998–99 season with a concussion he returned to the lineup the next season. But only a few games in he went down again with yet another concussion, forcing Courtnall's retirement shortly after that hit during the 1999–2000 season as a result of post-concussion syndrome.

Personal[edit]

Courtnall was born in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada and raised in Duncan, British Columbia. He is the brother of another former NHL player, Russ Courtnall. Geoff's son, Justin, was drafted 210th overall in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft by the Tampa Bay Lightning.[1]

As of May 2014, Courtnall was dating musician Sarah McLachlan.[2]

Awards and achievements[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1980–81 Cowichan Valley Capitals BCJHL 44 20 56 76 56
1980–81 Victoria Cougars WHL 11 3 5 8 6 15 2 1 3 7
1981–82 Victoria Cougars WHL 72 35 57 92 100 4 1 0 1 2
1982–83 Victoria Cougars WHL 71 41 73 114 186 12 6 7 13 42
1983–84 Hershey Bears AHL 74 14 12 26 51
1983–84 Boston Bruins NHL 5 0 0 0 0
1984–85 Hershey Bears AHL 9 8 4 12 4
1984–85 Boston Bruins NHL 64 12 16 28 82 5 0 2 2 7
1985–86 Moncton Golden Flames AHL 12 8 8 16 6
1985–86 Boston Bruins NHL 64 21 16 37 61 3 0 0 0 2
1986–87 Boston Bruins NHL 65 13 23 36 117 1 0 0 0 0
1987–88 Boston Bruins NHL 62 32 26 58 108
1987–88 Edmonton Oilers NHL 12 4 4 8 15 19 0 3 3 23
1988–89 Washington Capitals NHL 79 42 38 80 112 6 2 5 7 12
1989–90 Washington Capitals NHL 80 35 39 74 104 15 4 9 13 32
1990–91 St. Louis Blues NHL 66 27 30 57 56
1990–91 Vancouver Canucks NHL 11 6 2 8 8 6 3 5 8 4
1991–92 Vancouver Canucks NHL 70 23 34 57 116 12 6 8 14 20
1992–93 Vancouver Canucks NHL 84 31 46 77 167 12 4 10 14 12
1993–94 Vancouver Canucks NHL 82 26 44 70 123 24 9 10 19 51
1994–95 Vancouver Canucks NHL 45 16 18 34 81 11 4 2 6 34
1995–96 St. Louis Blues NHL 69 24 16 40 101 13 0 3 3 14
1996–97 St. Louis Blues NHL 82 17 40 57 86 6 3 1 4 23
1997–98 St. Louis Blues NHL 79 31 31 62 94 10 2 8 10 18
1998–99 St. Louis Blues NHL 24 5 7 12 28 13 2 4 6 10
1999–00 St. Louis Blues NHL 6 2 2 4 6
NHL totals 1049 367 432 799 1465 156 39 70 109 262

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Breseman, Brian (2007). "Lightning Make 9 Selections At 2007 Nhl Entry Draft". Sports Features Communications. Retrieved 2007-06-24. 
  2. ^ Lederman, Marsha (May 5, 2014). "The re-education of Sarah McLachlan". Globe and Mail (Globe and Mail). Retrieved May 5, 2014. 

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