Thursday, November 17, 2016

Geoff Courtnall Autograph Card

I spent a week in Vancouver, which is why I've been absent of this blog for a while...

That got me thinking of former Vancouver Canucks and Washington Capitals star Geoff Courtnall, who was near the point-per-game mark for most of the middle of his career - seven of eight years between 1987-88 and 1994-95, as a matter of fact.

He retired with 367 goals, 432 assists and 799 points in 1048 regular-season NHL games and another 39 goals, 70 assists and 109 points in 156 playoff games (including a Stanley Cup with the Edmonton Oilers in 1988 and a Final with the Canucks in 1994) - not bad for a kid who went undrafted and posted just 26 points in 74 games with the AHL's Hershey Bears in 1983-84...

Post-retirement, after a rough neck injury, the two-time member of the St. Louis Blues has opened up about his father's suicide when he and brother Russ - also a former NHLer - were still kids, and is a leading voice in getting the conversation about mental illness and depression out in the open, particularly in Canada.

He is also dating singer Sarah McLachlan, as both got through their respective divorces after long-term marriages; McLachlan even sold her Whistler ski resort home to remain on the West Coast with Courtnall. Apparently, their sex life makes the news in English-speaking Canada.

Here he is wearing the Canucks' best (black, away) uniform, from In The Game's 2012-13 Decades - The 1990s set and Autograph sub-set:
 It's card #A-GCO in the series, which he signed in fading black sharpie.

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