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Geoff Courtnall
Geoff Courtnall.jpg
Born August 18, 1962 (1962-08-18) (age 57)
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shoots Left
Played for Boston Bruins
Edmonton Oilers
Washington Capitals
St. Louis Blues
Vancouver Canucks
National team Flag of Canada.svg Canada
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 1983–2000

Geoff Courtnall (born Geoffrey Lawton Courtnall on August 18, 1962) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player in the National Hockey League (NHL) from 1983 to 2000.

He was also the head coach of the Victoria Grizzlies of the BCHL as well as the University of Victoria Vikes of the BCIHL.

Playing CareerEdit

Geoff was signed by the Boston Bruins of the NHL as an undrafted free agent on July 6, 1983.

He played for the Bruins from the 1983–84 NHL season to March 8, 1988 when he was traded, along with Bill Ranford to the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for Andy Moog.

While in Edmonton, he helped the Oilers win the 1988 Stanley Cup championship. Four months later on July 22, 1988, the Oilers traded Geoff to the Washington Capitals for Greg Adams.

After spending two seasons in Washington, he was traded to the St. Louis Blues for Mike Lalor and Peter Zezel on July 16, 1990.

Geoff's first nine seasons were spent on five NHL and two AHL clubs, the Hershey Bears and Moncton Golden Flames.

After less than a season in St. Louis, Geoff was sent at the trading deadline to the Vancouver Canucks in a blockbuster trade.

The players that went to Vancouver were Robert Dirk, Sergio Momesso, Cliff Ronning and also future considerations & the players going to St. Louis were Garth Butcher and Dan Quinn. This trade marked a major turning point for the Canucks as these players were among the core that would lead the Canucks on their run to the Stanley Cup Finals in 1994.

Geoff would only play one more season in Vancouver after the Cup run of 1994 as he went back to the St. Louis Blues for the start of the 1995–96 season.

During his second stint with the Blues, he scored almost 80 goals over five seasons, but only played 30 games over his final two as the result of several concussions, but reached the 1,000 game mark during the 1997-98 season in which he scored 31 goals in his last full season.

After sitting out the last half of the 1998–99 season with a concussion, Geoff returned to the lineup the next season.

A few games later, he was hit by an elbow on the chin from Bryan Berard which led to his retirement due to post-concussion syndrome.

Career StatisticsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1980–81Cowichan Valley CapitalsBCJHL4420567656
1980–81Victoria CougarsWHL113586152137
1981–82Victoria CougarsWHL7235579210041012
1982–83Victoria CougarsWHL71417311418612671342
1983–84Hershey BearsAHL7414122651
1983–84Boston BruinsNHL50000
1984–85Hershey BearsAHL984124
1984–85Boston BruinsNHL641216288250227
1985–86Moncton Golden FlamesAHL1288166
1985–86Boston BruinsNHL642116376130002
1986–87Boston BruinsNHL6513233611710000
1987–88Boston BruinsNHL62322658108
1987–88Edmonton OilersNHL12448151903323
1988–89Washington CapitalsNHL79423880112625712
1989–90Washington CapitalsNHL8035397410415491332
1990–91St. Louis BluesNHL6627305756
1990–91Vancouver CanucksNHL11628863584
1991–92Vancouver CanucksNHL7023345711612681420
1992–93Vancouver CanucksNHL84314677167124101412
1993–94Vancouver CanucksNHL82264470123249101951
1994–95Vancouver CanucksNHL45161834811142634
1995–96St. Louis BluesNHL692416401011303314
1996–97St. Louis BluesNHL8217405786631423
1997–98St. Louis BluesNHL793131629410281018
1998–99St. Louis BluesNHL245712281324610
1999–00St. Louis BluesNHL62246
NHL totals 1049 367 432 799 1465 156 39 70 109 262

AccoladesEdit

  • 1987–88: NHL Stanley Cup champion (Edmonton Oilers)

Personal LifeEdit

Geoff was raised in Duncan, British Columbia, Canada He is the brother of another former NHL player, Russ Courtnall.

Geoff's son, Justin, was drafted 210th overall in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft by the Tampa Bay Lightning and now currently plays with the Allen Americans in the ECHL.

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