The NHL Athlete and Stanley Cup Winner on achieving goals.

Geoff Courtnall – Victoria born NHL Star Geoff Courtnall who is such an amazing athlete and has done so much for our community. He had great advice for young people about reaching goals, health in relation to the concussions he experienced in hockey and dealing with trauma, such as the unexpected death of his father.

Hockey runs deep in the Courtnall family. Both he and his brother Russ played in the NHL and his son was also drafted. Geoff’s Dad, Archie Courtnall, was instrumental in his love for hockey; sadly he passed away when Geoff was young by taking his own life. Geoff and his two brothers have spent countless hours to rally friends and organize events to raise funds for mental health initiatives and facilities in their hometown of Victoria BC. 

Over his career Geoff played for 6 different teams scoring 367 goals! A major achievement for Geoff was winning the Stanley Cup with the Edmonton Oilers in 1988. He experienced multiple concussions while playing hockey which ultimately affected his career. After all the serious hockey talk we were able to set up a little one on one hockey time with Geoff at a local sports store, talk about fun.

In our time with Geoff he discusses the impact of his family’s tragedy, concussions, working hard at what you love and how to deal with similar situations that teens may encounter. We hope you find Geoff’s comments about reaching goals and overcoming challenges in Episode 3 of Verse as impactful as we did.


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