Roman Turek

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Roman Turek
Roman Turek2007.jpg
Born (1970-05-21) May 21, 1970 (age 44)
Strakonice, Czechoslovakia
Height 6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Weight 220 lb (100 kg; 15 st 10 lb)
Position Goaltender
Caught Right
Czech Extraliga team
Former teams
HC České Budějovice
Dallas Stars
St. Louis Blues
Calgary Flames
National team  Czechoslovakia 
 Czech Republic
NHL Draft 113th overall, 1990
Minnesota North Stars
Playing career 1988–2010

Roman Turek (born May 21, 1970 in Strakonice, Czechoslovakia) is a retired Czech professional ice hockey goaltender who played for the Dallas Stars, St. Louis Blues, and Calgary Flames in a 9-year National Hockey League (NHL) career. He last played in the Czech Extraliga for HC České Budějovice.

Playing career[edit]

Drafted 113th overall by the Minnesota North Stars in the 1990 NHL Entry Draft, he moved with them to Dallas where he played as the backup to Ed Belfour. He won a Stanley Cup in this role in 1999. Despite his backup role, he achieved international glory with the Czech Republic team, backstopping them to a gold medal at the 1996 World Championships. In this year he played in Germany for the Nuremberg Ice Tigers.

He was traded to the St. Louis Blues in the 1999 off-season, and finally got his chance to shine as he topped the league with seven shutouts and won the William M. Jennings Trophy in his first season. He helped the Blues to the President's Trophy that year and the Blues entered the playoffs with high expectations but were ousted in seven games by the eighth-seeded San Jose Sharks, some aggravated Blues fans pinning responsibility on Turek because of some soft goals he allowed, including one in Game Seven that was fired from center ice by Sharks captain Owen Nolan.[1] However, he played a second season with the Blues while being challenged for the #1 position by backup Brent Johnson. He put up good numbers again, this time helping the Blues reach the playoffs as the #4 seed where they faced off again in the first round against the Sharks. This time Turek helped the Blues beat the Sharks in six games and then helped them sweep the Stars, his former team, in the second round. However, in the third round against the Colorado Avalanche soft goals plagued him again (including one scored after an attempt to scoop the puck into his glove with his stick) and again in some fan circles bore the brunt of the blame for the Blues' third round 4-1 ouster. In the off season Turek was traded to the Calgary Flames.

In the 2003–04 season, Roman's status as the Flames number 1 goaltender was altered drastically when Darryl Sutter traded a conditional draft pick for Miikka Kiprusoff, whose stellar performances relegated Turek to the bench. However, Turek was a dependable backup, as Kiprusoff led the Flames to the 2004 Stanley Cup finals against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

In 2004, Turek restructured his contract to substantially drop his salary from $5 million plus bonuses for the 2004–05 and 2005–06 seasons. The restructuring brought his salary to between $1 million and $2 million, with potential earnings relying heavily on performance bonuses. The restructuring saved the Calgary Flames organization between $3 million and $4 million in the 2004–05 season.[2]

Turek announced his retirement from the NHL on August 9, 2005.

Trivia[edit]

  • Turek's masks all featured Iron Maiden mascot "Eddie the Head". The artwork was done by Ray Bishop of Bishop Custom Designs.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

   
Season Team League GP W L T MIN GA SO GAA
1996–97 Dallas Stars NHL 6 3 1 0 263 9 0 2.05
1997–98 Dallas Stars NHL 23 11 10 1 1323 49 1 2.22
1998–99 Dallas Stars NHL 26 16 3 3 1381 48 1 2.08
1999–2000 St. Louis Blues NHL 67 42 15 9 3960 129 7 1.95
2000–01 St. Louis Blues NHL 54 24 18 10 3232 123 6 2.28
2001–02 Calgary Flames NHL 69 30 28 11 4081 172 5 2.53
2002–03 Calgary Flames NHL 65 27 29 9 3821 164 4 2.57
2003–04 Calgary Flames NHL 18 6 11 0 1301 40 3 2.33
NHL totals 328 159 115 43 19094 734 27 2.31

Post-season[edit]

   
Season Team League GP W L T MIN GA SO GAA
1999–2000 St. Louis Blues NHL 7 3 4 0 414 19 0 2.75
2000–01 St. Louis Blues NHL 14 9 5 0 908 31 0 2.05
2003–04 Calgary Flames NHL 1 0 0 0 19 0 0 0.00
NHL totals 22 12 9 0 1342 50 0 2.23

Awards[edit]

  • 1995 World Championships All-Star Team
  • 1996 World Championships All-Star Team
  • 1996 World Championships Best Goaltender
  • 1999 William M. Jennings Trophy
  • 2000 William M. Jennings Trophy

International play[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
Martin Brodeur
Winner of the William M. Jennings Trophy
1999 (with Ed Belfour),
2000
Succeeded by
Dominik Hašek
Preceded by
Milos Holan
Golden Hockey Stick
1994
Succeeded by
Jaromir Jagr