August 31, 2012

Report: Courtnall leaving BU to sign with Bruins

By Jesse Connolly

BU's Justin Courtnall appears to have made the most of his time at the Bruins' development camp this summer. (Dave Arnold Photography)

According to College Hockey News’ Scott McLaughlin, BU forward Justin Courtnall will be forgoing his senior season and signing a pro contract with the Bruins’ organization.

The son of former Bruin Geoff Courtnall and nephew of Russ Courtnall – two players who topped the 1,000-game mark in the National Hockey League – Courtnall impressed Boston’s brass this summer, as he took part in the team’s development camp.

Listed at 6-foot-3, Courtnall led the Terriers with 73 penalty minutes in 2011-12. The junior winger, who served as an assistant captain for Jack Parker’s squad, had a career-high in goals (4) and points (7).

In 92 games at Boston University, Courtnall has 13 points and 104 penalty minutes. The 23-year-old forward, who was drafted by the Lightning 210th overall back in 2007, previously played in the British Columbia Hockey League, where he racked up 114 points in his final 120 games for his hometown Victoria Grizzles.

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