Logan Couture makes successful return to Ottawa

OTTAWA, Ontario — Logan Couture made sure his first NHL game in the city where he starred in junior hockey was a memorable one with a pair of third-period goals that secured the Sharks’ 4-0 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Thursday night.

The two gave him 10 for the season — most of any NHL rookie — and they came in front of his family, the family he lived with playing for the Ottawa 67s, some of his former teammates and their legendary coach, Brian Kilrea.

“It was special for them to be there,” Couture said, “and it was special to score in this city.”

Two other Sharks — Jamie McGinn and Derek Joslin — also played for the 67s and the three began reminiscing on the airport ride from the airport. Later, they went out for dinner together and were joined by injured teammate Jason Demers.

“We just told stories all night,” McGinn said, “which was kind of nice to do.”

All three players met with Kilrea after the game. Kilrea, 76, also coached Sharks general manager Doug Wilson when he was with the 67s. Kilrea retired at the end of last season, though he continues to serve as the team’s general manager.

“He’s a great guy and a big reason why the three of us are here,” Joslin said.


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