Round 1 #12: Logan Couture
Level: Jr. B-ON
Team: St. Thomas
Birthdate: March 28, 1989
Selected: Ottawa 67's' 1st round pick, 12th overall.
And here's the official press release from the 67s' site: [link]
Ottawa 67's sign Logan Couture
Date Posted: 20-Jun-2005
The Ottawa 67's are very pleased to announce that Logan Couture has signed and is looking forward to joining the 67's at training camp.
Logan was the 67's first pick in the 2005 Priority Draft selection.
"We are really looking forward to training camp and having Logan on the ice with our team" said Ottawa 67's Head Coach and General Manger Brian Kilrea. "Logan and his family are excited about coming to Ottawa and playing for the 67's."
Couture spent last season with the St. Thomas Stars of the Western Ontario Jr. B Hockey League where he recently won the Roy Bruhlman Award as the League's Rookie of the Year.
The 16 year old is listed at 6'00" and 180 lbs. He scored 28 goals and 56 points in only 59 games for the Stars this past season and was also named as the top centre on the All Rookie team.
* Update 6.21.2005 at 0915h by Sid * Barre Campbell's article on Couture in the Ottawa Sun, 67's get Couture. Snippet:
Couture said the reputation of the 67's and the treatment he and his family received from the team since the draft made it an easier decision.
"I've talked to a lot of people, and I've heard some great stories about the team," said Couture.
Ottawa fans will expect lots from him next year, but Couture, who stressed he needs to make the team, said he'll be able to handle it.
"I'm just going to try to do what I know I can do, not what people expect me to do," he said.