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| 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
192 lb (87 kg)
|NHL Team||Philadelphia Flyers|
|Born|| December 7 1992,|
Phoenix, AZ, USA
|NHL Draft|| 8th overall, 2011|
|Pro Career||2008 – present|
|Competitor for Canada|
|World Junior Championships|
Sean Couturier (born December 7, 1992) is an American-born Canadian ice hockey player currently with the Philadelphia Flyers of the NHL. He was selected eighth overall in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft by the Philadelphia Flyers.
Couturier was born in Phoenix, Arizona when his father Sylvain Couturier played for the IHL's Phoenix Roadrunners. The family moved to Bathurst, New Brunswick at an early age, following his father's retirement and Couturier played minor hockey there.
Drummondville had the second overall pick in the 2008 QMJHL 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 for that regular season.
In 2009–10 Couturier stepped forward to lead the QMJHL in points. Coincidentally, 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 and former 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. Couturier was named to the Canada men's national junior ice hockey team for the 2011 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships in Buffalo. He was the only draft eligible player named to the team.
Couturier was drafted 8th 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 Voracek 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 NHL 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 in a primary assist for a goal by Jakub Voracek. 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, 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 Jaromir Jagr compared Couturier to Hall of Famer Ron Francis.
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 PlayoffsEdit
Awards and honorsEdit
|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|
- Sean Couturier's career stats at Eliteprospects.com
- Sean Couturier's career stats at The Internet Hockey Database
|Philadelphia Flyers' first round draft pick|
| Succeeded by|
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