The San Jose Sharks announced today that forward Logan Couture has been selected to represent Team Canada at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. Couture became the eighth Sharks player to be named to a World Cup Roster.
The 27-year-old recorded 36 points (15 goals, 21 assists) and 20 penalty minutes in 52 games this season with San Jose and recorded his first career hat trick on March 19 at Vancouver. He went on to post 30 points (10 goals, 20 assists) in 24 playoff games as the Sharks reached the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in franchise history.
Couture led all NHL skaters in playoff points and assists, establishing Sharks postseason franchise records in each category. He became one of just five players to record at least 30 points in a single postseason in the last 20 years, joining Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Daniel Briere, and Joe Sakic. He also recorded four, three-point games in the playoffs, all of which coming with his team facing elimination or with the chance to eliminate an opponent.
One of San Jose’s alternate captains, Couture has posted 324 career points (154 goals, 170 assists) and is a plus-48 in 431 NHL games. He ranks 6th all-time in Sharks franchise points and goals, and T-9th in assists and 5th in goals scored amongst his 2007 draft class.
Also, Couture represented Canada at the 2007 World Jr. U-18 Championships, posting two goals and two assists in six games.
The 6-foot-1, 200-pounder was originally selected by San Jose in the 2007 NHL Draft (1st round, 9th overall).
Couture joins fellow Sharks Joe Thornton, Brent Burns and Marc-Edouard Vlasic on Team Canada for the tournament, along with Joe Pavelski (USA), Tomas Hertl (Czech Republic), Joonas Donskoi (Finland) and Mikkel Boedker (Team Europe).
The tournament will be held from Sept. 17-Oct. 1 at Air Canada Centre in Toronto.