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Sean Couturier
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Born December 7 1992 (1992-12-07) (age 24),
Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.
Height
Weight
6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
196 lb (89 kg; 14 st 0 lb)
Position Center
Shoots Left
NHL team Philadelphia Flyers
Ntl. team Flag of Canada.svg 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 careerEdit

MinorEdit

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.[citation needed]

JuniorEdit

Drummondville had the second overall pick in the 2008 QMJHL Entry Draft, and picked Couturier after defenceman 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.

Couturier 2012 Playoffs

Couturier with the Flyers in the 2012 Playoffs.

Philadelphia FlyersEdit

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.[6]

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,[7] and also scoring his first career hat-trick, becoming the second-youngest player to score a hat-trick in a playoff game,[8] 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.[9]

International playEdit

Medal record
Competitor for Flag of Canada Canada
Ice hockey
World Championships
Gold 2015 Czech Republic
World Junior Championships
Silver 2011 USA

During his third QMJHL season, Couturier was invited to take part in the Canadian National Junior Team's selection camp in December 2010.[10] 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.[11]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2007–08Notre Dame Midget HoundsSMHL401937563210381110
2008–09Drummondville VoltigeursQMJHL589223124191788
2009–10Drummondville VoltigeursQMJHL6841559647141081818
2010–11Drummondville VoltigeursQMJHL583660963610 6 5 11 14
2011–12Philadelphia FlyersNHL7713142714113142
2012–13Adirondack PhantomsAHL3110182816
2012–13Philadelphia FlyersNHL464111510
2013–14Philadelphia FlyersNHL821326394570006
2014–15Philadelphia FlyersNHL8215223728
2015–16Philadelphia FlyersNHL631128393010000
2016-17Philadelphia FlyersNHL6614203433
NHL totals 416 70 121 191 160 19 3 1 4 8

InternationalEdit

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 Silver medal icon 7 2 1 3 0
2015 Canada WC Gold medal icon 10 3 3 6 2
2016 Team North America WCH 5th 3 0 0 0 0
Junior totals 17 7 6 13 6
Senior totals 13 3 3 6 2

Awards and honorsEdit

Award Year
Junior
President's Cup (with the Drummondville Voltigeurs) 2008–09
Jean Béliveau Trophy[12] 2009–10
QMJHL Second-Team All-Star 2009–10
Best Plus/Minus record in the QMJHL 2009–10 (+62)[13]
Michel Brière Memorial Trophy[14] 2010–11
Mike Bossy Trophy[14] 2010–11
QMJHL First-Team All-Star 2010–11

ReferencesEdit

  1. Thanksgiving a time for Couturier to Remember Grandparents. NJ.com.
  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. ca.sports.yahoo.com. yahoo.
  6. Couturier, one of many stars vs. Leafs, signs contract; Wed. lineup set.
  7. Chris Shafer (June 4, 2012). Group of talented rookies responsible for Flyers quick turnaround. Hockey's Future. Retrieved on July 8, 2013.
  8. Dan Rosen (April 13, 2012). Flyers rally to stun Penguins, grab 2–0 series lead. NHL.com. Retrieved on 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.”
  9. Joe Yerdon (April 14, 2012). Jaromir Jagr can’t help but compare Sean Couturier to Ron Francis. ProHockeyTalk. Retrieved on July 8, 2013.
  10. Hockey Canada Selection Camp: Team Profile.
  11. Canada’s National Men’s Team wins gold medal at 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship. Hockey Canada (May 17, 2015). Retrieved on December 14, 2016.
  12. The Hockey News.
  13. Sean Couturier's player page at Eliteprospects. Eliteprospects.
  14. 14.0 14.1 404.

External linksEdit

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

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