Logan Couture

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Logan Couture
LoganCouture.jpg
Born (1989-03-28) March 28, 1989 (age 25)
Guelph, ON, CAN
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 196 lb (89 kg; 14 st 0 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Left
NHL team San Jose Sharks
NHL Draft 9th overall, 2007
San Jose Sharks
Playing career 2009–present

Logan Couture (born March 28, 1989) is a Canadian professional ice hockey centre who currently plays for the San Jose Sharks of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was drafted by the Sharks ninth overall in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing career[edit]

Although he was born in Guelph, Ontario, Couture spent most of his life growing up near the hamlet of Birr, near London, Ontario. He started playing minor hockey with the Lucan Irish (DD) of the OMHA's Southwestern Ontario League.

Couture led his Lucan Irish Novice team to the OMHA's Red Lobster Cup for a SW Ontario title in 1998 and an OMHA All-Ontario DD title in 1999. His Irish Atom team also won the OMHA Ontario DD title in 2001. Both of those teams also won the International Silver Stick 'C' championships. He then played three years with the 'AAA' London Junior Knights of the Minor Hockey Alliance League and was a teammate of Los Angeles Kings' defenseman Drew Doughty. After his Bantam year with the Jr. Knights, Couture signed with the Junior B St. Thomas Stars.

In May 2005, Couture was drafted by the Ottawa 67's 12th overall in the 2005 OHL Priority Draft. Couture went on to score at a near point-per-game pace as a rookie with 64 points in 65 games in 2005–06, third in league rookie scoring behind John Tavares and Sergei Kostitsyn.[1] The next season, in 2005–06, Couture was added to the OHL roster for the 2006 ADT Canada-Russia Challenge, replacing Jordan Staal, who was retained by Pittsburgh Penguins.[2] He was also selected to play for the Eastern Conference in the 2007 OHL All-Star Game, winning the shooting accuracy competition.[3] After completing his second OHL season improving to 78 points in 54 games, Couture was drafted 9th overall by the San Jose Sharks in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.

Returning to the 67's in 2007–08, Couture's production dipped to 58 points in 51 games, his lowest major junior total. He had also been named to the 2008 OHL All-Star Game, but was replaced by Michael Swift of the Niagara IceDogs due to injury.[4] Next season, in 2008–09, he finished in 9th place in league scoring with 39 goals and 48 assists for 87 points in 62 games. He also appeared in the 2009 OHL All-Star Game. Near the end of the season, he was named OHL Player of the Week on March 16, 2009, following an 8-point performance in 3 games.[5]

On October 25, 2009, Couture made his NHL debut against the Philadelphia Flyers.[6] He scored his first NHL goal on November 5, 2009 against Chris Osgood of the Detroit Red Wings. On April 22, 2010 Couture scored his first two playoff goals against the Colorado Avalanche in game 5 of the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. He got the game tying goal in game 3 in the second round against the Red Wings.[7]

Couture was also an integral part of the success of the 2009-10 AHL Worcester Sharks as he played 42 games scoring 20 goals and 33 assists for 53 points. He was a league-leader with 9 game-winning goals and was named to the AHL all-rookie team. He was voted onto the AHL all-star starting line-up for AHL Team Canada, and finished the game with a goal and two assists as well as scoring a shoot-out goal.

Couture played his first full season with the Sharks in 2010-11 and finished with 32 goals (second among rookies) and 56 points (also second). He earned a nomination for the Calder Memorial Trophy for these achievements.

On August 26, 2011, Couture signed a two-year, $5.75 million extension through the 2013-14 season. During the 2012–13 NHL lockout, Couture played for Genève-Servette HC of the Swiss National League A.[8][9]

In the 2012–13 NHL season, Couture played in all 48 regular season and 11 playoff games with the Sharks, and led the team in goals (21), blocks among forwards (51), game-winning goals (5), shots (151) and power play goals (7).[10]

On July 5, 2013, the Sharks announced that the club has signed Couture to a five-year contract extension. The extension will commence on July 1, 2014 following the expiration of Couture’s current contract. On December 29, 2013 against the Anaheim Ducks, Couture scored his 100th career goal.[11] On January 6, 2014, the Sharks reported that Couture will repair a hand injury on January 8, and is expected to be out for 3–4 weeks.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Couture was born in Guelph, Ontario, to Chet and Lori. At birth there was a NHL-future omen: The delivery-room nurse Bernadette Devorski is the mother of NHL referee Paul and NHL linesman Greg Devorski. He has a younger brother by two years, Judson. Logan attended Lucas Secondary School. Coming from an athletic family, his father, Chet Couture, is a firefighter who played OHA senior hockey for 13 years and is a veteran National Lacrosse League (NLL) referee, while his mother, Lori Couture, a graduate of Brock University, is a physical education teacher at Lucas Secondary School. Logan's grandfather on his mother's side, the late Cy Lemon, is a Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame inductee. His uncle Brian Lemon is a former 9-year veteran MILL (Major Indoor Lacrosse League) pro lacrosse and OLA lacrosse player, and is the current NLL vice-president of operations. On his father's side, his grandfather, Bob Couture, was a softball pitcher and a guitar player, naming his son Chet after the legendary Chet Atkins. Growing up, Logan was a Buffalo Sabres and a Dominik Hašek fan. Logan was an exceptional athlete excelling specifically in lacrosse and in baseball where he was a two-time Honda Canada/Toronto Bluejays "hit-run-throw" contest Canadian national champion in his age group. Logan decided at age 13 to drop the pursuit of baseball for the game of hockey.

Records and accomplishments[edit]

  • All-time NHL leader in rookie-season road game-winning-goals scored - 7 [13]
  • San Jose Sharks franchise leader in rookie-season goals scored - 32 [14]
  • First San Jose Shark to record 30 goals in his first two NHL seasons [15]
  • 2nd in 2010-2011 season NHL rookie goals scored - 32 (behind M. Grabner)
  • 2nd in 2010-2011 season NHL rookie points scored - 56 (behind J. Skinner)

Awards[edit]

*unable to play due to injury[4]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2004–05 London Jr. Knights MHAO 56 51 56 107 42
2004–05 St. Thomas Stars WOHL 48 24 22 46
2005–06 Ottawa 67's OHL 65 25 39 64 52 6 3 4 7 0
2006–07 Ottawa 67's OHL 54 26 52 78 24 5 1 7 8 4
2007–08 Ottawa 67's OHL 51 21 37 58 37 4 2 1 3 0
2008–09 Ottawa 67's OHL 62 39 48 87 46 7 3 7 10 6
2008–09 Worcester Sharks AHL 4 0 0 0 7 12 2 1 3 11
2009–10 Worcester Sharks AHL 42 20 33 53 12
2009–10 San Jose Sharks NHL 25 5 4 9 6 15 4 0 4 4
2010–11 San Jose Sharks NHL 79 32 24 56 41 18 7 7 14 2
2011–12 San Jose Sharks NHL 80 31 34 65 16 5 1 3 4 0
2012–13 Genève-Servette HC NLA 22 7 16 23 10
2012–13 San Jose Sharks NHL 48 21 16 37 4 11 5 6 11 0
2013–14 San Jose Sharks NHL 65 23 31 54 20 7 1 2 3 7
NHL totals 297 112 109 221 87 56 18 18 36 13

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
2006 Canada Ontario U17 5th 5 5 5 10 2
2007 Canada WJC18 4th 6 2 2 4 2
Junior totals 11 7 7 14 4

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Top Scorers: 2005-06 Regular Season, Rookies". Ontario Hockey League. Retrieved March 16, 2009. 
  2. ^ "Couture Added to ADT Canada Russia Challenge Roster". Archived from the original on September 27, 2007. Retrieved June 23, 2007. 
  3. ^ "Logan Couture Profile". Retrieved June 23, 2007. [dead link]
  4. ^ a b "More roster changes for OHL all-star game". SooToday.com. January 30, 2008. Retrieved 2009-03-16. 
  5. ^ a b "Ottawa 67's Logan Couture Named Boston Pizza OHL Player of the Week". Ontario Hockey League. Retrieved March 16, 2009. [dead link]
  6. ^ Pollak, David (October 25, 2009). "Sharks update: Setoguchi, Vesce miss game with leg injuries". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved October 26, 2009. [dead link]
  7. ^ http://www.mlive.com/redwings/index.ssf/2010/05/patrick_marleau_scores_in_over.html
  8. ^ "Sharks' Couture to play in Swiss League". sfgate.com. September 18, 2012. Retrieved October 11, 2012.
  9. ^ Sherman, Rodger. "2012 Swiss Hockey standings: Yannick Weber and Logan Couture's Geneva in first". sbnation.com. October 8, 2012. Retrieved October 11, 2012.
  10. ^ "2012-13 Season Infographic - 6/25/2013". San Jose Sharks. June 25, 2013. Retrieved June 25, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Sharks snap Ducks' 10-game winning streak". CBS Sports. December 30, 2013. Retrieved December 30, 2013. 
  12. ^ Pollak, David (January 6, 2014). "Sharks' Logan Couture out 3-4 weeks". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved January 31, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Couture sets record in Sharks 2-0 win over Caps". Comcast Sports Net Bay Area. Retrieved 2011-02-09. 
  14. ^ "Patrick Marleau scores with 4 seconds left in overtime to extend Sharks' streak". espn.go.com. Retrieved March 7, 2011. 
  15. ^ "Mentioned during Comcast Sports Net California 3/17/12 Sharks vs. Red Wings broadcast". 

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Preceded by
Ty Wishart
San Jose Sharks first round draft pick
2007
Succeeded by
Nick Petrecki