Couturier's hometown of Bathurst, New Brunswick, is so proud of his NHL achievements that it named a street after him. Fittingly, Sean Couturier Avenue leads to the public hockey rink where Couturier began his minor hockey career.
The son of former Los Angeles Kings center Sylvain Couturier made his NHL debut with the Philadelphia Flyers, who had selected him No. 8 in the 2011 NHL Draft, on Oct. 6, 2011, against the Boston Bruins. Though the younger Couturier has a big scorer in junior hockey, he quickly established himself as one of the NHL's best defensive centers, earning votes in his rookie season for the Selke Trophy, given to the League's top defensive forward. Couturier also was ninth in voting for the Calder Trophy, awarded to the NHL's top rookie. He finished in the top 10 twice (ninth in 2013-14, eighth in 2015-16) in voting for the Selke Trophy during his first five seasons in the NHL.