NHL Wiki
Advertisement
Geoff Courtnall
Born August 18, 1962 (1962-08-18) (age 59)
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  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 Career[]

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 Statistics[]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1980–81 Cowichan Valley Capitals BCJHL 44 20 56 76 56
1980–81 Victoria Cougars WHL 11 3 5 8 6 15 2 1 3 7
1981–82 Victoria Cougars WHL 72 35 57 92 100 4 1 0 1 2
1982–83 Victoria Cougars WHL 71 41 73 114 186 12 6 7 13 42
1983–84 Hershey Bears AHL 74 14 12 26 51
1983–84 Boston Bruins NHL 5 0 0 0 0
1984–85 Hershey Bears AHL 9 8 4 12 4
1984–85 Boston Bruins NHL 64 12 16 28 82 5 0 2 2 7
1985–86 Moncton Golden Flames AHL 12 8 8 16 6
1985–86 Boston Bruins NHL 64 21 16 37 61 3 0 0 0 2
1986–87 Boston Bruins NHL 65 13 23 36 117 1 0 0 0 0
1987–88 Boston Bruins NHL 62 32 26 58 108
1987–88 Edmonton Oilers NHL 12 4 4 8 15 19 0 3 3 23
1988–89 Washington Capitals NHL 79 42 38 80 112 6 2 5 7 12
1989–90 Washington Capitals NHL 80 35 39 74 104 15 4 9 13 32
1990–91 St. Louis Blues NHL 66 27 30 57 56
1990–91 Vancouver Canucks NHL 11 6 2 8 8 6 3 5 8 4
1991–92 Vancouver Canucks NHL 70 23 34 57 116 12 6 8 14 20
1992–93 Vancouver Canucks NHL 84 31 46 77 167 12 4 10 14 12
1993–94 Vancouver Canucks NHL 82 26 44 70 123 24 9 10 19 51
1994–95 Vancouver Canucks NHL 45 16 18 34 81 11 4 2 6 34
1995–96 St. Louis Blues NHL 69 24 16 40 101 13 0 3 3 14
1996–97 St. Louis Blues NHL 82 17 40 57 86 6 3 1 4 23
1997–98 St. Louis Blues NHL 79 31 31 62 94 10 2 8 10 18
1998–99 St. Louis Blues NHL 24 5 7 12 28 13 2 4 6 10
1999–00 St. Louis Blues NHL 6 2 2 4 6
NHL totals 1049 367 432 799 1465 156 39 70 109 262

Accolades[]

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

Personal Life[]

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.

Advertisement