Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Geoff Courtnall
Despite being a good junior hockey player in his own-right, growing up in Duncan, B.C., Geoff Courtnall was often referred to as "Russ Courtnall's older brother." It's something that never bothered the elder Courtnall, who says his first love growing up was soccer. In fact, Geoff Courtnall did not begin playing hockey until he was nine years old, and even then it was only after having watched Russ play from the time he was three.

Geoff Courtnall was definitely a late bloomer, which is partly attributable to his being small as a child. At 18, he was still playing Tier II hockey in the BCJHL before getting called up to the Victoria Cougars for eleven games in 1980-81 where he scored eight points. The following year, he played a full season with the Cougars, scoring 35 goals and 92 points in 72 games and fewer and fewer people were calling him "Russ's older brother." Now 19, and not drafted, Courtnall really had no option than to return to the Cougars as an overage player in an attempt to catch the attention of the pro scouts. As a 20-year-old, Courtnall appeared in 71 games, scoring 41 times while assisting on 73 others for 114 points while also racking up a feisty 186 minutes in penalties.

That extra year in junior hockey caught the attention of several NHL teams, including the Boston Bruins who signed Courtnall to a contract. In 1983-84, he appeared in 74 games with the Hershey Bears before being called up for five games with the Bruins. The following year, Courtnall worked himself into the lineup for 64 games, scoring 12 goals and 28 points.

Courtnall played with the Bruins for another three seasons before being sent to the Edmonton Oilers late in the 1987-88 season where he had scored 32 goals and 58 points in 62 games. He dressed for 19 playoff games en route to the Oilers winning their second consecutive Stanley Cup championship. Ironically, the Oilers beat the Bruins in the Cup finals.

Over the next two years, Courtnall played for the Washington Capitals. In 1988-89, he had his most productive offensive season in the NHL, scoring 42 goals and 80 points in 79 games. In 1990-91, he joined the St. Louis Blues, but this stint lasted just 66 games before he was dealt to the Vancouver Canucks. In 1993-94, Courtnall helped the Canucks reach the Stanley Cup finals where they lost to the New York Rangers.

In 1995-96, Courtnall signed with the St. Louis Blues where he played until a neck injury forced his retirement six games in to the 1999-2000 season. Courtnall was clearly a success story, playing 17 NHL seasons, having never been drafted. He finished his career with 367 goals, 432 assists, and 799 points to go along with 109 playoff points.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1980-81 Cowichan Valley Capitals BCJHL
1980-81 Victoria Cougars WHL 11 3 4 7 6 15 2 1 3 7
1980-81 Victoria Cougars M-Cup 4 0 0 0 0
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 Boston Bruins NHL 4 0 0 0 0 -1
1983-84 Hershey Bears AHL 74 14 12 26 51
1984-85 Boston Bruins NHL 64 12 16 28 82 -3 5 0 2 2 7
1984-85 Hershey Bears AHL 9 8 4 12 4
1985-86 Boston Bruins NHL 64 21 16 37 61 +1 3 0 0 0 2
1985-86 Moncton Golden Flames AHL 12 8 8 16 6
1986-87 Boston Bruins NHL 65 13 23 36 117 -4 1 0 0 0 0
1987-88 Boston Bruins NHL 62 32 26 58 108 +24
1987-88 Edmonton Oilers NHL 12 4 4 8 15 +1 19 0 3 3 23
1988-89 Washington Capitals NHL 79 42 38 80 112 +11 6 2 5 7 12
1989-90 Washington Capitals Fr-Tour 4 4 1 5 4
1989-90 Washington Capitals NHL 80 35 39 74 104 +27 15 4 9 13 32
1990-91 St. Louis Blues NHL 66 27 30 57 56 +19
1990-91 Vancouver Canucks NHL 11 6 2 8 8 -3 6 3 5 8 4
1990-91 Canada WEC-A 10 5 1 6 16
1991-92 Vancouver Canucks NHL 70 23 34 57 116 -6 12 6 8 14 20
1992-93 Vancouver Canucks NHL 84 31 46 77 167 +27 12 4 10 14 12
1993-94 Vancouver Canucks NHL 82 26 44 70 123 +15 24 9 10 19 51
1994-95 Vancouver Canucks NHL 45 16 18 34 81 +2 11 4 2 6 34
1995-96 St. Louis Blues NHL 69 24 16 40 101 -9 13 0 3 3 14
1996-97 St. Louis Blues NHL 82 17 40 57 86 +3 6 3 1 4 23
1997-98 St. Louis Blues NHL 79 31 31 62 94 +12 10 2 8 10 18
1998-99 St. Louis Blues NHL 24 5 7 12 28 +2 13 2 4 6 10
1999-00 St. Louis Blues NHL 6 2 2 4 6 +3
NHL Totals 1048 367 432 799 1465 156 39 70 109 262


Brother of Russ Signed as a free agent by Boston, July 6, 1983. Traded to Edmonton by Boston with Bill Ranford and Boston's 2nd round pick (Petro Koivunen) in 1988 NHL Draft for Andy Moog, March 8, 1988. Rights traded to Washington by Edmonton for Greg C. Adams, July 22, 1988. Traded to St. Louis by Washington for Peter Zezel and Mike Lalor, July 13, 1990. Traded to Vancouver by St. Louis with Robert Dirk, Sergio Momesso, Cliff Ronning and St. Louis' 5th round pick (Brian Loney) in 1992 NHL Draft for Dan Quinn and Garth Butcher, March 5, 1991. Signed as a free agent by St. Louis, July 14, 1995. Suffered eventual career-ending concussion in game vs. San Jose, November 27, 1998.
Officially announced retirement, November 18, 1999.
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