Flyers’ Couturier has street named after him in hometown


Philadelphia Flyers' Sean Couturier, left, tries to get a shot off as New York Islanders' John Tavares defends during overtime of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015, in Philadelphia. New York won 3-2 in a shootout. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Philadelphia Flyers forward Sean Couturier was honoured by the city of Bathurst, N.B. on Saturday by having a street named after him.

Couturier – who was born in Phoenix, Ariz., but grew up in Bathurst – played minor hockey at the K.C. Irving Regional Centre, whose address is now 14 Sean Couturier Ave.

“It’s special, it’s a great honour,” he told CBC. “It’s not something you dream of growing up, but if you can be an example for other young kids and remind them even coming from a small town like Bathurst, anything is possible if you make the sacrifices and believe in what you can do.”

The 23-year-old has spent his entire professional career with the Flyers since being drafted eighth overall in 2011.

He finished last season with 11 goals and 28 assists in 63 games, matching his career high in points.

The two-way centre signed a six-year, $26-million extension last July that begins next season.

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