December 7, 1992 |
Phoenix, AZ, USA
|Height||6 ft 3 in (191 cm)|
|Weight||197 lb (89 kg; 14 st 1 lb)|
|NHL team||Philadelphia Flyers|
|NHL Draft||8th overall, 2011
Sean Gerald Couturier (born December 7, 1992) is an American-born Canadian professional ice hockey player currently playing for the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League (NHL). The Flyers selected him eighth overall in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.
Couturier was born in Phoenix, Arizona while his father, Sylvain Couturier, was playing for the International Hockey League (IHL)'s Phoenix Roadrunners. Following his father's retirement, the family moved to Bathurst, New Brunswick, where his father became general manager of the Acadie–Bathurst Titan of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). Couturier played his minor hockey in Bathurst and calls the city home.
Drummondville had the second overall pick in the 2008 QMJHL Entry Draft, and picked Couturier after defenseman Brandon Gormley was selected by the Moncton Wildcats. Couturier joined Drummondville for the 2008–09 season and helped the team win their first President's Cup as QMJHL champions. He was tenth on the team in points during the regular season.
In 2009–10, Couturier stepped forward to lead the QMJHL in points; he had the lowest point totals required to win the Jean Béliveau Trophy as leading scorer in QMJHL history. Nicolas Deschamps had the same number of points but had scored fewer goals. Teammate Gabriel Dumont was the leading QMJHL goalscorer while Couturier was fourth in the goalscoring race (also trailing Luke Adam of the Montreal Junior Hockey Club and Drummondville teammate Mike Hoffman). In the 2010 playoffs, Drummondville advanced to the semi-finals before being eliminated by the eventual champions, the Moncton Wildcats. Couturier was third on his team in points for the playoffs, behind Dumont and Chris DiDomenico.
In 2010–11, Couturier had a bout with mononucleosis over the off-season, a condition that usually takes a year to fully recover from. Despite this setback, Couturier once again had an impressive year. Couturier matched the 96 points he scored the year before in 10 fewer games, leaving him fourth overall in QMJHL scoring, while having the highest points per game of any draft eligible CHL player. In the playoffs, Drummondville advanced to the second round, before being eliminated in seven games by the Gatineau Olympiques, who would continue on to the President's Cup final. Couturier finished the playoffs with 11 points in 10 games.
His 2010–11 campaign resulted in him being named to the QMHJL First All-Star team, as well as winning the Michel Brière Memorial Trophy as the league MVP and the Mike Bossy Trophy as the best professional prospect in the QMJHL.
Couturier was drafted eighth overall by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. The Flyers acquired the pick via trade that sent Jeff Carter to the Columbus Blue Jackets in return for Jakub Voráček and the Blue Jackets' first-round and third-round (which the Flyers used to select Nick Cousins) selections. Couturier signed a three-year, entry-level contract on September 21, 2011.
Couturier made an impression in training camp and started the 2011–12 season with the Flyers, also receiving ice time on the penalty kill. He earned his first point in the NHL in his third game on October 12 against the Vancouver Canucks with a primary assist on a goal by Jakub Voráček. Couturier scored his first NHL goal in his fifth game on October 18, 2011, against Craig Anderson of the Ottawa Senators in a 7–2 win. He was one of the youngest players to participate in the NHL All-Star Game festivities, named on the rookie team and participating in the skills competition.
During the Flyers' opening round playoff series against the Pittsburgh Penguins, Couturier was tasked with shutting down Art Ross Trophy winner Evgeni Malkin. Couturier earned much praise for his play, holding Malkin to one even strength point while Couturier was on the ice during the series, and also scoring his first career hat-trick, becoming the second-youngest player to score a hat-trick in a playoff game, and adding an assist in a four-point performance during game two of the series. Teammate Jaromír Jágr compared Couturier to Hockey Hall of Famer Ron Francis.
|Competitor for Canada|
|World Junior Championships|
During his third QMJHL season, Couturier was invited to take part in the Canadian National Junior Team's selection camp in December 2010. Couturier was named to the team for the 2011 World Junior Championships, held in Buffalo, New York, as Canada's only NHL draft-eligible player.
Regular season and playoffs
|2007–08||Notre Dame Midget Hounds||SMHL||40||19||37||56||32||10||3||8||11||10|
Awards and honours
|President's Cup (with the Drummondville Voltigeurs)||2008–09|
|Jean Béliveau Trophy||2009–10|
|QMJHL Second-Team All-Star||2009–10|
|Best Plus/Minus record in the QMJHL||2009-10 (+62)|
|Michel Brière Memorial Trophy||2010–11|
|Mike Bossy Trophy||2010–11|
|QMJHL First-Team All-Star||2010–11|
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- "Sean Couturier's Player Page on Voltigeurs Site". QMJHL.
- "Sean Couturier's career stats at The Internet Hockey Database". The Internet Hockey Database.
- "Elitesprospects.com - Drummondville Voltigeurs". Eliteprospects.
- "ca.sports.yahoo.com". yahoo.
- Couturier, one of many stars vs. Leafs, signs contract; Wed. lineup set | Philadelphia Inquirer | 09/21/2011
- Chris Shafer (June 4, 2012). "Group of talented rookies responsible for Flyers quick turnaround". Hockey's Future. Retrieved July 8, 2013.
- Dan Rosen (April 13, 2012). "Flyers rally to stun Penguins, grab 2-0 series lead". NHL.com. Retrieved July 8, 2013.
The 19-year-old became the youngest player to score a hat trick in a playoff game since Ted Kennedy did it in 1945 -- Kennedy was four days younger than Couturier is right now.
- Joe Yerdon (April 14, 2012). "Jaromir Jagr can’t help but compare Sean Couturier to Ron Francis". ProHockeyTalk. Retrieved July 8, 2013.
- Hockey Canada Selection Camp: Team Profile
- Player Bio - Sean Couturier
- "Sean Couturier's player page at Eliteprospects". Eliteprospects.
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- Career statistics and player information from NHL.com, or Eliteprospects.com, or Hockey-Reference.com, or The Internet Hockey Database
|Awards and achievements|
|Philadelphia Flyers' first round draft pick