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Couture is 2011-12 Brocade 'Sharks Player of the Year'

by Staff Writer / San Jose Sharks


SAN JOSE, California —
The San Jose Sharks announced today that center Logan Couture has been selected as the Brocade “Sharks Player of the Year” in a vote by the Bay Area media.

The Brocade “Sharks Player of the Year” award is given to the player contributing most to the success of the Sharks in the 2011-12 regular season. The award will be presented prior to tonight’s game against the Los Angeles Kings at HP Pavilion at San Jose.

Entering play tonight, Couture is tied for first on the Sharks in goals (31), and first in power play goals (11), and shooting percentage (12.8%). He is second on the team in points (63) and game-winning goals (5). He continued to be one of the most productive players on the Sharks roster in road games, leading the team in road goals (19) and tied for second in points (35). Couture, who has played solidly at both ends of the ice, is tied for eighth among all NHL forwards in blocked shots (76).

The 23-year old was the Sharks lone selection to the NHL All-Star Game, held in Ottawa where Couture played his junior career.

Couture was named the Brocade “Sharks Player of the Month” for December, when he led the team in goals (9), points (12) and plus/minus (+8) in 13 games.

The native of Guelph, Ontario was originally selected by San Jose in the first round (9th overall) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. He was the runner up for Calder Memorial Trophy last season as the league’s best rookie.

“As a key component of our commitment to Corporate Responsibility, Brocade is dedicated to giving back to the communities where our employees work and live,” said Mike Klayko, CEO of Brocade. “We are proud to partner with the Sharks Foundation. Our common interests in creating vibrant communities where children and families have access to food, shelter, education, health and wellness make the partnership win-win.”

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