Courtnall, Justin

Bolts Lose Rights to Courtnall

BoltProspects has confirmed that Tampa Bay no longer retains the rights to prospect forward Justin Courtnall, the Lightning's last pick in the 7th round of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. Courtnall was drafted out of BCHL Victoria and normally would have to be signed two years after his draft date, but it was thought that the Lightning would retain his rights while Courtnall continues his hockey development at Boston University. It's unclear at the time of this report why the Lightning do not retain Courtnall's rights, but it is speculated that perhaps Courtnall is not attending BU on a scholarship and perhaps that is the reason why Tampa cannot retain his rights without a contract. BoltProspects will update this story as more information is revealed.

UPDATE: The loss of Courtnall's rights had nothing to do with whether or not he is on scholarship at BU, but solely because he was not already in an NCAA program when the deadline to sign 2007 draft picks passed.

Off to College: Two More Prospects Done

[b][i]N.A. Juniors Playoff Game Night: 5/8[/b][/i] Fargo watches Indiana celebrate ... Victoria loses another close one ... Cunti and Rimouski know one Memorial Cup opponent, two more are close.

Courtnall Gets 2; Fargo Gets 0

N.A. Juniors Playoff Game Night: 5/6

Justin Courtnall scored his first goals of the RBC tournament to help Len Barrie's Grizzlies advance to the Final 4 ... Fargo needs a Game 4 win to keep Indiana from hoisting the Cup on North Dakota ice.

Grizzlies Lose Another Close One

N.A. Juniors Playoff Game Night: 5/5

2009 RBC Cup – Round Robin

Victoria Grizzlies 4 vs. Vernon Vipers 5 (OT)
W Justin Courtnall, VIC: 0-1-1, 0 PIM
RBC Cup totals: 3 GP, 0-3-3, 12 PIM
BCHL playoff totals: 14 GP, 2-4-6, 24 PIM
Season totals: 60 GP, 22-41-63, 98 PIM

Host Victoria collapsed for the second time in three RBC games, this time allowing a game tying goal with under two minutes left in the contest, and losing in overtime to the West representative, Vernon. The Grizzlies held a 4-2 lead entering the third period, and were up 4-3 before Mike Collins scored at 18:12 to force overtime. Cole Ikkala scored in the extra session for the BCHL champs. The Grizzlies (1-2) lost their tournament opener when they gave up the game winner shorthanded with just over a second left in the game. Victoria plays East representative Summerside Western Capitals on Wednesday.

Courtnall's Two Assists Help RBC Hosts Crush Voyageurs

[b][i]N.A. Juniors Playoff Game Night: 5/3[/b][/i] [b]2009 RBC Cup – Round Robin [/b] [b] Victoria Grizzlies 5 vs. Kingston Voyageurs 0[/b] [i]W [b][url=/justin-courtnall]Justin Courtnall[/url][/b], VIC: 0-2-2, 0 PIM [/i] RBC Cup totals: 2 GP, 0-2-2, 12 PIM BCHL playoff totals: 14 GP, 2-4-6, 24 PIM Season totals: 60 GP, 22-41-63, 98 PIM Host Victoria earned a much-needed victory in their second game of the tournament, crushing the Central representative, Kingston of the Ontario Junior Hockey League. Both of Courtnall’s assists were primary helpers, including one on a goal by 2008 Lightning prospect camp invitee Evan Pighin. Victoria next plays Tuesday against Pacific representative Vernon of the BCHL. Vernon defeated Powell River 4 games to 2 to win the Fred Page Cup as BCHL champs. Powell River had knocked Victoria out in 7 games in the Conference Finals. Vernon then went on to sweep Alberta Junior Hockey League champion Grand Prairie Storm 4-0 to reach the RBC Cup. Kingston needed to come out of a four team tournament to reach the RBC Cup. The Dudley Hewitt Cup was contested among Kingston (OJHL playoff champ), the Soo Thunderbirds (NOJHL playoff champ), Fort William (SIJHL playoff champ), and Schreiber (Dudley Hewitt/Central Canada Junior A championship tournament host). After round robin play, Kingston defeated semifinal winner Fort William 4-1 in the championship game.
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