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Position  Centre
Playing career  2005–present
Role  Ice hockey player
Weight  79 kg
Current team  Dusseldorfer EG
Shoots  Left
Name  Adam Courchaine
Height  1.79 m
Career start  2005
Born  May 23, 1984 (age 31) Winnipeg, MB, CAN (1984-05-23)
DEL team Former teams  Krefeld Pinguine Houston Aeros Duisburg Foxes DEG Metro Stars Graz 99ers
NHL Draft  219th overall, 2003 Minnesota Wild

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Adam Courchaine (born May 23, 1984 in Winnipeg, Manitoba) is a Canadian professional ice hockey centre currently playing for Düsseldorfer EG of the German Bundesliga (DEL).

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Playing career

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Growing up in Winnipeg, Courchaine dominated at the minor hockey level with the AAA-midget Winnipeg Warriors, putting up 119 points in 50 games. In 2001–02, he joined the major junior ranks with the Medicine Hat Tigers of the Western Hockey League (WHL). He was traded during his rookie season to the Vancouver Giants during their inaugural season and became a cornerstone for the franchise in its beginning years. Courchaine put up a team-high 85 points in his first full season with the Giants, helping them to their first playoff appearance in 2003. His 43 goals established a Giants' franchise record which remained unbroken until Evander Kane surpassed the mark in 2008–09. Courchaine was also named a WHL West Second Team All-Star and was subsequently chosen in the off-season by the Minnesota Wild, 219th overall, in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.

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He played two more seasons with the Giants, leading them in scoring for a second consecutive season in 2003–04 with 82 points while being named to the WHL West First All-Star Team. In four seasons with the Giants, Courchaine led the team in scoring twice and accumulated a franchise all-time leading 126 goals and 273 points in 241 games until both records were broken in 2012 by Brendan Gallagher. His 147 assists was also a franchise record until it was surpassed by defenceman Jonathon Blum on February 7, 2009.

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Graduating from major junior in 2005–06, Courchaine was assigned to the Wild's American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Houston Aeros. However, he was a regular healthy scratch and was demoted to the ECHL where he played with the Pensacola Ice Pilots and Gwinnett Gladiators.

Although Courchaine was signed overseas by Zell Am See of Austria, he spent the 2006–07 season inactive. The following season, Courchaine played in the German Bundesliga with the Duisburg Foxes. He enjoyed more success than his rookie season in the minors and led Duisburg in scoring with 50 points. In the following 2008–09 season, he joined fellow German team, Düsseldorfer EG. After four year with the team and short stints with Austrian team Graz 99ers and again Füchse Duisburg, he joined the Krefeld Pinguine. In 2013–14, Courchaine led the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL) in scoring, tallying 29 goals and 45 assists in 51 contests.

He parted company with the Krefeld team in January 2015 and signed with EHC Olten of the second division NLB in Switzerland the same month. He had six points (one goal, five assists) in five games for EHC.

Courchaine signed with Czech side HK Hradec Kralove for the 2015–16 campaign. He played for the Hungarian club Alba Volán Székesfehérvár in the early stages of the 2016-17 season, before returning to Germany, joining Düsseldorfer EG for a second stint. At DEG, he inked a deal for the remainder of the season.

Records

  • Vancouver Giants' all-time leading point scorer – 273 (Broken in 2012 by Brendan Gallagher)
  • Vancouver Giants' all-time leading goal scorer – 126 (Broken in 2012 by Brendan Gallagher)
  • References

    Adam Courchaine Wikipedia


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