Adam Courchaine
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Adam Courchaine

Hometown:

Kanata Ontario

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1989-02-20

Position:

G

Eligible for draft:

2007

Catches:

Right

Drafted:

Height:

6-2

Acquired:

Free agent signing, 2007

Weight:

181 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2006-07: Played for the Orleans Blues of the CJHL, a junior A level league in Canada. He posted a 19-11-5-2 record in 39 appearances, 3.12 GAA and .921 dave percentage. Courchaine had one shutout on the season, a 4-0 win over the Brockville Braves in February 2007, where he stopped 37 shots.The Blues finished second in their division and went on to have a brief 6 game run in the playoffs. Courchaine appeared in all six games, picking up a 2-2-2 record, 2.58 GAA and .921 save percentage.

Ottawa 67's (OHL) acquired rights to Courchaine from Barrie Colts in January 2007

Invited to Boston Bruins 2007 training camp; signed three-year contract with Bruins in Sept 2007

2007-08: Played his rookie season with Ottawa and made the majority of starts. He earned two shutouts; one on December 16th vs. Mississauga, and the other on December 30th vs. Erie. He joined the Providence Bruins (AHL) on an ATO following the close of the season. 

2008-09: The early-season groin injury that kept Courchaine from Bruins camp also kept him from securing the starting goalie role this season. He started 17 fewer games than he did last year and saw his save percentage drop below .900.  Consistency was a struggle, especially during February when he went 1-3 in six appearances with a 5.49 goals-against average and .841 save percentage. At times, his butterfly style revealed a tendency to go down early and get beat high. At other times, he was prone to giving up dangerous rebounds. He managed to finish the season with a 13-11-2 record and 3.28 goals against average. Confidence and consistency were better throughout the playoffs. He finished 2-2-1 with a 3.00 goals against average and a .920 save percentage that included one shutout. Ottawa lost to Niagara Falls in overtime of game 7 for a first-round defeat, despite 45 saves from Courchaine.

2009-10: Courchaine split time between two OHL clubs this season, playing for the Sarnia Sting and Erie Otters.  In 27 games for the Sting, Courchaine compiled a record of 8-16-1-1 while posting a 3.51 goals-against average and a .899 save percentage.  Courchaine was traded to the Otters, where he played in 21 games.  His record with that club was 12-8-0-0, with a 2.90 goals-against average and a .913 save percentage.  Courchaine was on the losing end of 2 playoff contests, where he registered a 4.50 goals-against average and a .886 save percentage.

2010-11: Courchaine spent his first season in pro hockey with the Kelly Cup champion Alaska Aces backing up one-time Lightning product Gerald Coleman. In 28 games with the Aces, Courchaine was 17-7 with 2 overtime losses and 4 shutouts in 28 games. He posted an impressive 2.39 GAA and .907 save percentage for the Aces. Courchaine appeared in one playoff game for the Aces and stopped 35 of 37 shots to get the win. The successful season erased any memory of his forgettable ECHL debut – an October game with the Reading Royals in which he allowed 4 goals on 9 shots in seven minutes of action against Trenton; his lone appearance for the Royals.

Talent Analysis

A butterfly style goaltender, Courchaine stays square with the shooter and is quick to react. He has the ability to remain calm and focused during tough games, even when he is bombarded with shots. More often than not, he will come up with the big save.

Future

Helped Alaska win a championship last season, but will still have a hard time making the Providence squad. Expect him to play for Reading of the ECHL this season.

Comets’ Shinkaruk hopes for NHL reunion soon with friend Horvat

by Tony Androckitis
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Photo: Utica Comets forward and Vancouver Canucks prospect Hunter Shinkaruk (#9) played in just 18 WHL games in the 2013-14 season for the Medicine Hat Tigers (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

 

Little did the Vancouver Canucks know when they drafted forwards Bo Horvat (ninth overall) and Hunter Shinkaruk (24th overall) in the first round of the 2013 NHL Draft, that the two would become great friends and, for a brief time, teammates while Horvat was on an AHL conditioning stint with the Utica Comets.

 

“We’ve kind of been through everything together,” Shinkaruk said of him and Horvat. “The draft, signing on the first day, all the NHL exhibition games and stuff, he’s probably my best friend. To have him down here has been nice. He’s a great kid, an exciting center and he’s very reliable. It’s definitely always a good time to play with him.”

 

Shinkaruk, like Horvat, is also coming off an injury – one that cost him most of his final junior season with the Medicine Hat Tigers of the WHL and required a surgery in November of 2013 to fix.

 

“Obviously, having to get hip surgery at 19 is something that was pretty tough to handle,” Shinkaruk said. “But I feel great. I did a lot of hard work over the off-season and Vancouver has helped me out a lot to get to the point where I am at now. Hockey is the thing I love most, so to be on the ice playing is a special feeling.”

 

Shinkaruk is still adjusting to the daily rigors of playing professional hockey, even more so after a lengthy absence last year, but there’s no questioning his offensive abilities.

 

“I think so, that’s my game,” Shinkaruk said of creating offense right away at the AHL level. “I’m a kid who is supposed to go out there and put up points, create chances for my team. It’s kind of how it’s always been. Even when I was up in NHL exhibition games, that was what they expected of me.

 

“Obviously, getting used to the pro game takes a little bit but I feel like every game is getting better and better. Hopefully I pick up where I left off in junior.”

 

While the biggest adjustment to the pro-game for most players is getting used to the speed and skill level of the opposition, for Shinkaruk it’s much more simple than that.

 

“Probably the biggest difference is just playing hockey again,” Shinkaruk said after a recent Comets game. “Come to the rink every day for practice, being ready for back-to-back games and just getting used to all that stuff again. I haven’t had to do that for quite a while now.”

 

Shinkaruk knows that the pressure is on, being a high draft pick for a Canadian NHL franchise, but it’s something he almost looks forward to.

 

“For sure,” Shinkaruk said regarding added expectations placed upon him, adding, “But I think that at the same time that, from a young age, my dream was to be a first round NHL Draft pick and have the eyes on me. You do all the hard work in the summer to be on the ice and bring smiles to fans and bring them out of their seats. That’s what I love to do. I don’t know if it’s pressure I put on myself. It gets me excited and it let’s me know that the hard work that I have to continue to put in is going to pay off.”

 

While there is no rushing Shinkaruk along in his development, he’s playing well in the AHL with Utica in his first pro season with eight points (4G, 4A) through 18 games played.

 

“If I just come and keep working hard, I’ll get my chance,” Shinkaruk said. “When I’m up there, it’s up to me to stay there.”

 

If Shinkaruk wants to play alongside his friend Horvat, it will have to be in the NHL with Vancouver. Following a five-game conditioning stint in the AHL with Utica, Horvat was recalled back to the NHL. Though he went pointless in five games in the AHL, he now has four points (1G, 3A) in his first nine NHL games. Horvat has been informed by Canucks’ head coach Willie Desjardins that he will be sticking with the NHL club past his nine-game tryout.

 

 

“His game isn’t going to revolve around just getting points,” Utica’s head coach Travis Green said of Horvat. “There’s no doubting if he’s a good hockey player or not, for me he’s going to play in the NHL. He should have a long [NHL] career. I like the way he played and more importantly, I liked the way he progressed from his first game until his last game here. I’m excited to see how he does [in the NHL].”

 

Horvat has put up points throughout his career, including a 74-point regular season his final year in the OHL with the London Knights, but it’s his two-way game and play away from the puck that has many, including Green, believing Horvat has a bright future ahead of him in the NHL with the Canucks.

 

“I just want to play a 200-feet game, play well defensively and bear down on any chances I can get,” Horvat said of the kind of game he wants to bring to Vancouver. “That’s the way I’ve played my whole life.”

 

Ultimately, his stay in the AHL was a short one, but Horvat certainly isn’t taking lightly his time in the minors. In fact, he embraced it as something very beneficial to his development and rehabilitation back to game-shape.

 

“I just wanted to come in and get my pace up,” Horvat said of his AHL stint. “The NHL level is going to be fast-paced hockey and this is great hockey, too, to get my pace up and to get everything going again. To come down here and get in these five games will really benefit me.”

 

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