Sean Couturier

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Sean Couturier
Sean Couturier 2012-04-07.JPG
Born (1992-12-07) December 7, 1992 (age 25)
Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 211 lb (96 kg; 15 st 1 lb)
Position Center
Shoots Left
NHL team Philadelphia Flyers
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 8th overall, 2011
Philadelphia Flyers
Playing career 2011–present

Sean Gerald Couturier[1] (born December 7, 1992) is a Canadian-American 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.

Playing career[edit]

Minor[edit]

Couturier was born in Phoenix, Arizona[2] 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,[3] 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.

Junior[edit]

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.[4]

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.[5] 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.[6]

Philadelphia Flyers[edit]

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-and third-round (which the Flyers used to select Nick Cousins) selections. Couturier signed a three-year, entry-level contract on September 21, 2011.[7]

Couturier during the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.

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.[8] 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.[9]

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,[10] and also scoring his first career hat-trick, becoming the second-youngest player to score a hat-trick in a playoff game,[11] 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.[12]

To start the 2017–18 season, head coach Dave Hakstol placed Couturier on the top line with Claude Giroux and Jakub Voráček.[13][14] This move helped Couturier gain confidence and as the season progressed, he improved his offensive play.[15] On March 20, 2018, Couturier recorded his 100th career NHL goal, becoming the seventh player from his draft class to reach that milestone.[16] Couturier was awarded the Pelle Lindbergh Memorial Trophy for most improved player at the end of the regular season after he recorded a career high 76 points.[17] He was also awarded the Yanick Dupre Class Guy Memorial Award as most sportsmanlike player and the Gene Hart Memorial Award.[17] His offensive and defensive success helped the Flyers to the 2018 Stanley Cup playoffs and earned him a nomination for the Frank J. Selke Trophy for the first time in his career.[18] He finished second in the voting to the eventual winner, Anze Kopitar.[19] In practice before Game 4 of the 2018 Stanley Cup playoffs, Couturier collided with teammate Radko Gudas, forcing him to miss Game 4.[20] Upon his return, after missing just one game, Couturier tallied a goal and an assist in Game 5. In Game 6, he tallied 3 goals and 2 assists, totaling 7 points in the 2 games following his return. His hat-trick in Game 6 was the 2nd of his career in the playoffs, as his first was in the 2012 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against Pittsburgh.[21] After a series-ending 8-5 defeat in Game 6, it was announced Couturier tore his MCL in practice in his collision with Gudas yet still continued to play in the playoffs.[22][23]

International play[edit]

Medal record
Representing  Canada
Ice hockey
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2015 Czech Republic
Silver medal – second place 2017 Germany/France
World Junior Championships
Silver medal – second place 2011 United States

During his third QMJHL season, Couturier was invited to take part in the Canadian National Junior Team's selection camp in December 2010.[24] 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.

He played for Canada's gold medal-winning team at the 2015 World Championships, where they won the title for the first time since 2007 with a perfect 10–0 record.[25]

Couturier was invited to the play for Team North America at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.[26] He was later named an alternate captain along with Aaron Ekblad.[27]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2007–08 Notre Dame Midget Hounds SMHL 40 19 37 56 32 10 3 8 11 10
2008–09 Drummondville Voltigeurs QMJHL 58 9 22 31 24 19 1 7 8 8
2009–10 Drummondville Voltigeurs QMJHL 68 41 55 96 47 14 10 8 18 18
2010–11 Drummondville Voltigeurs QMJHL 58 36 60 96 36 10 6 5 11 14
2011–12 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 77 13 14 27 14 11 3 1 4 2
2012–13 Adirondack Phantoms AHL 31 10 18 28 16
2012–13 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 46 4 11 15 10
2013–14 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 82 13 26 39 45 7 0 0 0 6
2014–15 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 82 15 22 37 28
2015–16 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 63 11 28 39 30 1 0 0 0 0
2016–17 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 66 14 20 34 33
2017–18 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 82 31 45 76 31 5 5 4 9 2
NHL totals 498 101 166 267 191 24 8 5 13 10

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
2008 Canada Atlantic U17 8th 5 0 1 1 2
2009 Canada Atlantic U17 9th 5 5 4 9 4
2011 Canada WJC 2nd, silver medalist(s) 7 2 1 3 0
2015 Canada WC 1st, gold medalist(s) 10 3 3 6 2
2016 Team North America WCH 5th 3 0 0 0 0
2017 Canada WC 2nd, silver medalist(s) 8 1 1 2 2
Junior totals 17 7 6 13 6
Senior totals 21 4 4 8 4

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year
Junior
President's Cup (with the Drummondville Voltigeurs) 2008–09
Jean Béliveau Trophy 2009–10 [28]
QMJHL Second-Team All-Star 2009–10
Best Plus/Minus record in the QMJHL 2009–10 (+62) [29]
Michel Brière Memorial Trophy 2010–11 [6]
Mike Bossy Trophy 2010–11
QMJHL First-Team All-Star 2010–11
NHL
Pelle Lindbergh Memorial Trophy 2018 [17]
Yanick Dupre Class Guy Memorial Award 2018
Gene Hart Memorial Award 2018

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Sean Couturier's Player Page on Voltigeurs Site". QMJHL. 
  3. ^ "Sean Couturier's career stats at The Internet Hockey Database". The Internet Hockey Database. 
  4. ^ "Elitesprospects.com – Drummondville Voltigeurs". Eliteprospects. 
  5. ^ "QMJHL: Sean Couturier, and the forgotten mono angle". archive.li. January 11, 2011. Archived from the original on July 7, 2012. Retrieved April 18, 2018. 
  6. ^ a b "Sean Couturier wins the Michel-Brière Trophy". theqmjhl.ca. April 6, 2011. Retrieved April 18, 2018. 
  7. ^ "Couturier, one of many stars vs. Leafs, signs contract; Wed. lineup set". 
  8. ^ Nicks, Erin (October 18, 2011). "Flyers rout struggling Senators 7-2". NHL.com. Retrieved April 18, 2018. 
  9. ^ "2012 Molson Canadian NHL All-Star Skills Competition results". NHL.com. January 28, 2012. Retrieved April 18, 2018. 
  10. ^ Chris Shafer (June 4, 2012). "Group of talented rookies responsible for Flyers quick turnaround". Hockey's Future. Retrieved July 8, 2013. 
  11. ^ 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. 
  12. ^ Joe Yerdon (April 14, 2012). "Jaromir Jagr can't help but compare Sean Couturier to Ron Francis". ProHockeyTalk. Retrieved July 8, 2013. 
  13. ^ Sachdeva, Sonny (September 29, 2017). "Flyers captain Claude Giroux finding his rhythm at left wing". sportsnet.ca. Retrieved April 11, 2018. 
  14. ^ Dixon, Ryan (November 18, 2017). "Flyers' Sean Couturier making most of offensive opportunity". sportsnet.ca. Retrieved April 11, 2018. 
  15. ^ Cullen, Scott (April 11, 2018). "Statistically Speaking: 64 points before the playoffs start". tsn.ca. Retrieved April 11, 2018. 
  16. ^ Wells, Kurtis (March 22, 2018). "Milestone Night for Sean Couturier". thehockeywriters.com. Retrieved April 11, 2018. 
  17. ^ a b c "The Award Goes to..." NHL.com. April 5, 2018. Retrieved April 11, 2018. 
  18. ^ "Patrice Bergeron, Sean Couturier, Anze Kopitar voted Selke Trophy finalists". sportsnet.ca. April 18, 2018. Retrieved April 18, 2018. 
  19. ^ "Sean Couturier finishes second in Selke Trophy voting". June 20, 2018. Retrieved June 23, 2018. 
  20. ^ "Philadelphia Flyers center Sean Couturier injured in practice collision with Radko Gudas". ESPN.com. April 18, 2018. Retrieved April 22, 2018. 
  21. ^ Boruk, John (April 22, 2018). "Penguins storm back to bounce Flyers from playoffs". nbcsports.com. Retrieved April 22, 2018. 
  22. ^ "NHL Playoffs 2018: Flyers' Sean Couturier played two games on a torn MCL and scored four goals". cbssports.com. April 22, 2018. Retrieved April 22, 2018. 
  23. ^ "Flyers' Sean Couturier reveals he played first round with torn MCL". sportsnet.ca. April 22, 2018. Retrieved April 22, 2018. 
  24. ^ "Hockey Canada Selection Camp: Team Profile". Archived from the original on 2015-03-23. 
  25. ^ "Canada's National Men's Team wins gold medal at 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship". Hockey Canada. May 17, 2015. Retrieved December 14, 2016. 
  26. ^ Panaccio, Tim (August 29, 2016). "Sean Couturier excited to play for Team North America at World Cup after summer rehabbing". nbcsports.com. Retrieved April 17, 2018. 
  27. ^ "Connor McDavid named captain of Team North America for World Cup". The Globe and Mail. September 8, 2016. Retrieved April 23, 2018. 
  28. ^ "The Hockey News". Archived from the original on 2011-07-05. 
  29. ^ "Sean Couturier's player page at Eliteprospects". Eliteprospects. 

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Luca Sbisa
Philadelphia Flyers' first round draft pick
2011
Succeeded by
Scott Laughton