Canadian Geoff Courtnall entered the NHL in July 1983 when the Boston Bruins signed him as an undrafted free agent. The six-foot left wing played with the Bruins until March 1988 when he was traded to the Edmonton Oilers, where he helped the Oilers win a Stanley Cup. He went on to play with the Washington Capitals, St. Louis Blues, Vancouver Canucks and the AHL’s Hershey Bears and Moncton Golden Flames. He reached the 1,000 game mark during the 1997-98 season while playing with the St. Louis Blues, but he retired from the sport in 2000 after nearly 20 years of game-related concussions.
A real estate entrepreneur, Courtnall has remained committed to the Victoria, BC, community where he was raised. Along with his brothers, he has raised millions of dollars for mental health care through the Courtnall Celebrity Classic golf outing. He also raised money for the cause when he ran in the 2012 Boston Marathon.