Pierre Turgeon

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Pierre Turgeon
Mario Lemieux and Pierre Turgeon
Mario Lemieux and Pierre Turgeon on a faceoff at the Legends Game for the 50th edition of the Quebec International Pee-Wee Tournament.
Born (1969-08-28) August 28, 1969 (age 44)
Rouyn, QC, CAN
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 199 lb (90 kg; 14 st 3 lb)
Position Centre
Shot Left
Played for Buffalo Sabres
New York Islanders
Montreal Canadiens
St. Louis Blues
Dallas Stars
Colorado Avalanche
NHL Draft 1st overall, 1987
Buffalo Sabres
Playing career 1987–2007

Pierre Julien Turgeon (born August 28, 1969) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey player who played in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Buffalo Sabres, New York Islanders, Montreal Canadiens, St. Louis Blues, Dallas Stars and the Colorado Avalanche. Turgeon is the younger brother of former NHL player Sylvain Turgeon.

Playing career[edit]

Early Years[edit]

Turgeon was a member of Canada's team that was involved in the Punch-up in Piestany, a bench-clearing brawl between Canada and the Soviet Union, during the final game of the 1987 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships in Piešťany, Czechoslovakia (Slovakia) on January 4, 1987.

Turgeon was drafted by the Buffalo Sabres as the 1st overall pick in the 1987 NHL Entry Draft. Rick Jeanneret, play-by-play announcer for the Sabres, coined the phrase "Ooh-la-la Pierre" for Pierre Turgeon.

Turgeon would quickly make an impact with the Sabres once he arrived. In his rookie season, he contributed a respectable 42 points (14 goals, 28 assists) during the 1987–88 NHL season helping the Sabres reach the playoffs for the first time in three years. His production increased to 88 points (34 goals, 54 assists) for the 1988–89 NHL season as he quickly became a fan favorite. In the 1989–90 NHL season, he became a star by scoring 106 points (40 goals, 66 assists) and playing in the 1990 NHL All-Star Game. Turgeon's production dipped a little bit in the 1990–91 NHL season to 79 points (32 goals, 47 assists), but he was still a solid performer.

New York Islanders[edit]

After four plus years with the Sabres, Turgeon was traded on October 25, 1991, along with Benoît Hogue, Uwe Krupp and Dave McLlwain, to the New York Islanders for Pat LaFontaine, Randy Wood, Randy Hillier, and future considerations. Turgeon's best season as an Islander was the 1992–93 season, where he scored 58 goals and 132 points and helped lead the Islanders to the Wales Conference Finals where they would lose to eventual Stanley Cup Champion Montreal Canadiens in five games. Along the way, the Islanders defeated the Washington Capitals and upset the two time defending Stanley Cup champions Pittsburgh Penguins.

The first round series, which the Islanders won in six games, is infamous for an on-ice incident. After scoring a series-clinching goal during game six at Nassau Coliseum, Turgeon was checked from behind by Dale Hunter of the Capitals as he celebrated his goal. Turgeon suffered a separated shoulder and missed the ensuing series against the Penguins. Hunter received a then-record 21 game suspension for the hit. Turgeon returned for the semi-finals against the Montreal Canadiens after missing seven games.[1] The Islanders bowed out of the playoffs after a hard-fought five game series, two of which went to overtime. After beating the Isles, the Canadiens went on to win the Stanley Cup.

As an Islander, Turgeon was awarded the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy in the 1992–93 NHL season.

Montreal Canadiens[edit]

During the failed 1994–95 season, General Manager Don Maloney decided to rebuild the team, which included trading Turgeon and Vladimir Malakhov to the Montreal Canadiens for Kirk Muller, Mathieu Schneider and Craig Darby. He would be named captain of the Canadiens for the 1995–96 NHL season after the departure of Mike Keane to the Colorado Avalanche in December 1995. During the 1995–96 season, Turgeon would nearly put up a 100 point season with 38 goals, 58 assists totaling 96 points & playing in the 1996 NHL All-Star Game.

Years in St. Louis[edit]

He was traded by Montreal to the St. Louis Blues with Rory Fitzpatrick and Craig Conroy for Murray Baron, Shayne Corson, and a fifth round selection in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft on October 29, 1996. He spent the next 5 seasons in St. Louis producing well as usual playing with the likes of Brett Hull, Chris Pronger, Al MacInnis and Grant Fuhr.

Dallas Stars/Colorado Avalanche[edit]

He joined the Dallas Stars as a free agent on July 1, 2001, and then the Colorado Avalanche as a free agent on August 3, 2005. Turgeon took a year off during the 2004–05 lockout.

On November 8, 2005, Turgeon became the 34th player in NHL history to score 500 goals. He scored against the San Jose Sharks.

On September 5, 2007, Turgeon announced his retirement from the NHL.[2]

Turgeon, the racehorse[edit]

George W. Strawbridge, Jr., an active shareholder of the Buffalo Sabres and director and member of the team's executive committee for more than 30 years, named one of his thoroughbred racehorses in Pierre Turgeon's honor. Turgeon raced for Strawbridge's racing stable in France where he won several conditions races and, after retiring, is developing into a successful sire. [1] [2]

Personal[edit]

  • He and his wife Elisabeth had four children and currently live near Denver, Colorado. One of them, Elizabeth, died in a car accident on December 23, 2010, near Vaughn, New Mexico, at age 18.
  • His first job was helping out at a hockey school.
  • Turgeon represented Canada in the Little League World Series in 1982.

Awards[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1985–86 Granby Bisons QMJHL 69 47 67 114 31
1986–87 Granby Bisons QMJHL 58 69 85 154 8 7 9 6 15 15
1987–88 Buffalo Sabres NHL 76 14 28 42 34 6 4 3 7 4
1988–89 Buffalo Sabres NHL 80 34 54 88 26 5 3 5 8 2
1989–90 Buffalo Sabres NHL 80 40 66 106 29 6 2 4 6 2
1990–91 Buffalo Sabres NHL 78 32 47 79 26 6 3 1 4 6
1991–92 Buffalo Sabres NHL 8 2 6 8 4
1991–92 New York Islanders NHL 69 38 49 87 16
1992–93 New York Islanders NHL 83 58 74 132 26 11 6 7 13 0
1993–94 New York Islanders NHL 69 38 56 94 18 4 0 1 1 0
1994–95 New York Islanders NHL 34 13 14 27 10
1994–95 Montreal Canadiens NHL 15 11 9 20 4
1995–96 Montreal Canadiens NHL 80 38 58 96 44 6 2 4 6 2
1996–97 Montreal Canadiens NHL 9 1 10 11 2
1996–97 St. Louis Blues NHL 69 25 49 74 12 5 1 1 2 2
1997–98 St. Louis Blues NHL 60 22 46 68 24 10 4 4 8 2
1998–99 St. Louis Blues NHL 67 31 34 65 36 13 4 9 13 6
1999–00 St. Louis Blues NHL 52 26 40 66 8 7 0 7 7 0
2000–01 St. Louis Blues NHL 79 30 52 82 37 15 5 10 15 2
2001–02 Dallas Stars NHL 66 15 32 47 16
2002–03 Dallas Stars NHL 65 12 30 42 18 5 0 1 1 0
2003–04 Dallas Stars NHL 76 15 25 40 20 5 1 3 4 2
2005–06 Colorado Avalanche NHL 62 16 30 46 32 5 0 2 2 6
2006–07 Colorado Avalanche NHL 17 4 3 7 10
NHL totals 1294 515 812 1327 452 109 35 62 97 36

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Crothers, Time (1993-12-06). "Dale Hunter". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2011-01-11. 
  2. ^ "Pierre Turgeon retires after 19-year NHL career", CBC, September 5, 2007.

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Joe Murphy
NHL first overall draft pick
1987
Succeeded by
Mike Modano
Preceded by
Shawn Anderson
Buffalo Sabres first round draft pick
1987
Succeeded by
Joel Savage
Preceded by
Wayne Gretzky
Winner of the Lady Byng Trophy
1993
Succeeded by
Wayne Gretzky
Preceded by
Mike Keane
Montreal Canadiens captain
199596
Succeeded by
Vincent Damphousse