- Geoff Courtnall
Infobox Ice Hockey Player
position = Left Wing
played_for = "AHL"
Moncton Golden Flames
St. Louis Blues
shot = Left
height_ft = 6
height_in = 0
weight_lb = 195
nationality = CAN
birth_date = birth date and age|1962|8|18
birth_place = Victoria, BC, CAN
draft = Never drafted
career_start = 1983
career_end = 2000
Geoffrey "Geoff" Courtnall (born
18 August 1962) is a Canadian former professional ice hockeyplayer in the National Hockey League(NHL) from 1983 to 2000. He is currently the head coach of the Victoria Grizzliesof the BCHL.
Courtnall was born in Victoria,
British Columbia, Canadaand raised in Duncan, British Columbia. He is the brother of former NHL player, Russ Courtnall. Geoff's son, Justin, was drafted 210th overall in the 2007 NHL Entry Draftby the Tampa Bay Lightning.Cite web|url=http://www.sportsfeatures.com/index.php?section=pp&action=show&id=40103|title=LIGHTNING MAKE 9 SELECTIONS AT 2007 NHL ENTRY DRAFT|accessdate=2007-06-24|publisher=Sports Features Communications|year=2007|author=Breseman, Brian]
The speedy Geoff Courtnall was signed by the
Boston Bruinsof the NHL as an undrafted free agenton 6 July 1983. He played for the Bruins from the 1983-84 NHL seasonto 8 March1988 when he was traded along with Bill Ranfordto the Edmonton Oilersfor Andy Moog. While in Edmonton He helped the Oilers win the 1988 Stanley CupChampionship. Barely four months later, the Oilers traded Courtnall to the Washington Capitalsfor Greg C. Adams, who was also from Duncan, British Columbia. After two seasons in Washington, he was traded to the St. Louis Blues for Mike Lalorand Peter Zezel.
Courtnall's first nine seasons were spent bouncing between five NHL clubs and two AHL clubs, the
Hershey Bearsand Moncton Golden Flames.
After less than a season in St. Louis he was sent at the trading deadline to the
Vancouver Canucksin a blockbuster trade. Going to Vancouver were Robert Dirk, Sergio Momesso, Cliff Ronning, and future considerations. Going to St. Louis were Garth Butcherand Dan Quinn. This trade marked a major turning point for the Canucks as these players were among the core players that would lead the Canucks to their Stanley Cuprun in 1994. Courtnall would only play one more season in Vancouver after the Cup run of '94 as he went back to the St. Louis Blues for the start of the 1995-96 season. He scored a lot of goals for the Blues but he suffered several concussions. After sitting out the last half of the 1998-1999 season with a concussion he returned to the lineup the next season. But only a few games in he went down again with a concussion, this time for the last time. Lingering effects of Post Concussion Syndrome forced Courtnall to retire after the 1999-2000 season.
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