August 18, 1962|
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
|Height||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
|Weight||195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)|
St. Louis Blues
Geoffrey Lawton Courtnall (born August 18, 1962) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player who played in the National Hockey League (NHL) from 1983 to 2000. He was the head coach of the Victoria Grizzlies of the BCHL as well as the University of Victoria Vikes of the BCIHL.
Geoff Courtnall 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 season to March 8, 1988, when he was traded, along with Bill Ranford to the Edmonton Oilers for Andy Moog. While in Edmonton, he helped the Oilers win the Stanley Cup in 1988, after facing his old team Bruins in the finals. About four months later, the Oilers traded Courtnall to the Washington Capitals for Greg Adams. After two seasons in Washington, according to the biography on his 1990 Pro-Set Hockey card, Courtnall requested a trade. Courtnall was traded during the off-season to the St. Louis Blues for Mike Lalor and Peter Zezel.
After less than a season in St. Louis and at the trade deadline, Courtnall, along with Robert Dirk, Sergio Momesso, Cliff Ronning, and future considerations, was traded to the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for 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 1994 Stanley Cup Finals. Courtnall then played one more season in Vancouver after the Cup run of 1994 and went back to the St. Louis for the start of the 1995–96 season. Courtnall, in his second tenure with the Blues, scored almost 80 goals over five seasons, but only played 30 games over his final two seasons 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 he returned to the lineup the next season. Few games into the 1999–2000 season, he suffered another concussion, which forced Courtnall's retirement as a result of post-concussion syndrome.
Courtnall was born in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada and raised in Duncan, British Columbia. 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.
Awards and achievements
|1980–81||Cowichan Valley Capitals||BCJHL||44||20||56||76||56||—||—||—||—||—|
|1985–86||Moncton Golden Flames||AHL||12||8||8||16||6||—||—||—||—||—|
|1990–91||St. Louis Blues||NHL||66||27||30||57||56||—||—||—||—||—|
|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||—||—||—||—||—|
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