MARLBOROUGH, MA - Bruins defensemen Josh Couturier, who first came to the B’s as a member of the ’95 AAA tournament team, recently made his college choice accepting a full scholarship to Northeastern University.
Couturier, who spent the last two seasons with the programs Empire team, will be playing with the EJHL team this coming year. Couturier was a key part of the B’s national championship season two seasons ago and he anchored the B’s rearguards this past season.
Couturier, who has good size and a long wing span, is tough to beat one on one, has a good stick, offensive instincts and is a fierce competitor. “Josh’s development over the last three seasons has been fun to watch. He came to us three years ago, was young, needed to fill out his frame and improve his strength and add polish to his game. During that first year with us, primarily just practicing with us and playing games with the 95 LA Selects, he made significant gains in his game and he stepped right in the next year and continued on that same path,” coach Chris Masters commented.
In his first full year with the team he was part of a defensive unit that led the league in goals against and penalty kill %. The team went on to win the programs first national title and Couturier worked his way up the teams depth chart and was a key piece of the teams title run.
This past season, he took his game to a new level, with added strength and power in his game as well as continued maturity and experience. He played a ton of minutes as our top defensemen. He was on the teams #1 power play unit, played against other teams top players and lines, killed penalties and played in just about every
critical situation. “Josh’s maturation as a player continued this past season and that drew interest from a lot of colleges. He has a high compete level, has unquestioned toughness and was a leader on our team. Without his contributions we would not have had nearly the success we did this past season,” Masters continued.
“What is encouraging about Josh is how, each year, he continues to make big strides in his development. This is not the case of a player who is elite at his age but is a finished product. Every year he has been with, dating back to his days with our ’95 AAA summer team, he is a different player at the end of each season. His work ethic, commitment to the game and working on his deficiencies is yet another reason Northeastern should be excited about him.”
Congrats to Josh and his family!