Couture welcomed by 67's

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 8:28 AM ET

Ottawa 67's first-round draft pick Logan Couture and his family received the red carpet treatment from team owner Jeff Hunt yesterday.

The 16-year-old native of London got an inside look at the 67's operations, and a private audience with Hall of Fame coach Brian Kilrea.

Hunt acted as tour guide to the family. They were taken to Hillcrest High School, where the young man might attend classes if he joins Ottawa next season, and watched last night's game between the 67's and London from Hunt's private box.

Chet Couture, Logan's father, was impressed with the reception his son received. The senior Couture said he got a "small town feel in a big city," but also said he and his family were not going to rush into a decision about his son's future.

Options include playing in the U.S. Hockey League, or returning to his Jr. B team, where he had 28 goals and 56 points in 28 games last season.

Hunt said the meetings went well. "I'm not a big believer in the hard sell," he said. "We just sort of laid it out there. If they think it's right for them, then hopefully they'll make a decision in our favour."

The 67's gambled and chose Couture with the 12th overall pick in Saturday's OHL draft, even after the teen's agent had sent a note to all league teams that Couture would not report to training camp.

Couture and his family were upset with an OHL ruling last week that made 14-year-old John Tavares eligible for the draft as an "exceptional player" one year earlier than his normal eligibility.

Tavares was chosen first overall by the Oshawa Generals, who had previously told the Coutures they would pick him first overall.


Videos

Photos