Roman Turek

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Roman Turek
Roman Turek2007.jpg
Born (1970-05-21) May 21, 1970 (age 48)
Strakonice, Czechoslovakia
Height 6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Weight 220 lb (100 kg; 15 st 10 lb)
Position Goaltender
Caught Right
Played for HC České Budějovice
Nürnberg Ice Tigers
Dallas Stars
St. Louis Blues
Calgary Flames
National team  Czechoslovakia and
 Czech Republic
NHL Draft 113th overall, 1990
Minnesota North Stars
Playing career 1988–2010
Medal record
Representing  Czechoslovakia
Men's ice hockey
European Junior Championships
Gold medal – first place 1988 Czechoslovakia
World Junior Championships
Bronze medal – third place 1989 United States
Bronze medal – third place 1990 Finland
Representing  Czech Republic
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 1996 Austria

Roman Turek (born May 21, 1970) is a Czech former professional ice hockey goaltender who played for the Dallas Stars, St. Louis Blues and Calgary Flames in a nine-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, Turek moved with the franchise to Dallas, where he initially played as the third-string goaltender behind Andy Moog and Artūrs Irbe before serving 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 national team, backstopping them to a gold medal at the 1996 World Championships. In this year, he also played in Germany for the Nürnberg Ice Tigers.

The Stars, fearing they would lose Turek to the Atlanta Thrashers in the upcoming expansion draft, traded him 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 Presidents' Trophy that year and the Blues entered the playoffs with high expectations. However, St. Louis was eliminated in seven games by the eighth-seeded San Jose Sharks, with some aggravated Blues fans pinning responsibility on Turek because of some soft goals he allowed, including one in Game 7 that was fired from centre ice by Sharks captain Owen Nolan.[1] However, he played a second season with the Blues while being challenged for the starting position by backup Brent Johnson. He put up good numbers again, this time helping the Blues reach the playoffs as the fourth seed, where they again faced the Sharks in the first round. This time, Turek helped the Blues eliminate the Sharks in six games and then helped them sweep the Dallas 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' starting 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 Final 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 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 SV%
1987–88 Motor České Budějovice Jr. TCH-Jr.
1988–89 Motor České Budějovice Jr. TCH-Jr.
1989–90 Motor České Budějovice Jr. TCH-Jr.
1990–91 Motor České Budějovice TCH 26 1244 98 0 4.73
1991–92 Motor České Budějovice TCH-2
1992–93 Motor České Budějovice TCH 43 2555 121 2.84
1993–94 HC České Budějovice CZE 44 2584 111 2.58
1994–95 HC České Budějovice CZE 44 2587 119 2.76 .933
1995–96 Nürnberg Ice Tigers DEL 48 2787 154 3.32
1996–97 Dallas Stars NHL 6 3 1 0 263 9 0 2.06 .930
1996–97 Michigan K-Wings IHL 29 8 13 4 1555 77 0 2.97 .905
1997–98 Dallas Stars NHL 23 11 10 1 1324 49 1 2.22 .901
1997–98 Michigan K-Wings IHL 2 1 1 0 119 5 0 2.52 .928
1998–99 Dallas Stars NHL 26 16 3 3 1382 48 1 2.08 .915
1999–2000 St. Louis Blues NHL 67 42 15 9 3960 129 7 1.95 .912
2000–01 St. Louis Blues NHL 54 24 18 10 3232 123 6 2.28 .901
2001–02 Calgary Flames NHL 69 30 28 11 4081 172 5 2.53 .906
2002–03 Calgary Flames NHL 65 27 29 9 3822 164 4 2.57 .902
2003–04 Calgary Flames NHL 18 6 11 0 1031 40 3 2.33 .914
2004–05 HC České Budějovice CZE-2 15 859 23 3 1.61
2005–06 HC České Budějovice CZE 31 1832 69 1 2.26
2006–07 HC Mountfield CZE 35 1995 88 2 2.65
2007–08 HC Mountfield CZE 42 2495 89 6 2.14
2008–09 HC Mountfield CZE 44 2463 104 4 2.53
2009–10 HC Mountfield CZE 38 2286 109 4 2.86
CZE totals 278 16,241 689 17 2.55
NHL totals 328 159 115 43 19,094 734 27 2.31 .907

Playoffs[edit]

Season Team League GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SV%
1993–94 HC České Budějovice CZE 3 180 12 0 4.00
1994–95 HC České Budějovice CZE 9 498 25 3.01
1995–96 Nürnberg Ice Tigers DEL 5 338 14 2.48
1999–2000 St. Louis Blues NHL 7 3 4 415 19 0 2.75 .882
2000–01 St. Louis Blues NHL 14 9 5 908 31 0 2.05 .919
2003–04 Calgary Flames NHL 1 0 0 19 0 0 0.00 1.000
2004–05 HC České Budějovice CZE-2 11 650 12 6 1.11
2005–06 HC České Budějovice CZE 10 618 19 1 1.84
2006–07 HC Mountfield CZE 11 609 29 1 2.86
2007–08 HC Mountfield CZE 11 642 17 3 1.59
2009–10 HC Mountfield CZE 5 298 22 0 4.43
CZE totals 49 2844 124 5 2.62
NHL totals 22 12 9 1343 50 0 2.23 .908

International[edit]

Year Team Event   GP W L T MIN GA SO GAA
1988 Czechoslovakia EJC 5 273 9 1.98
1989 Czechoslovakia WJC 7 4 1 1 390 16 0 2.46
1990 Czechoslovakia WJC 6 4 2 0 326 14 0 2.58
1993 Czech Republic WC 0
1994 Czech Republic OLY 2 2 0 0 120 3 0 1.50
1994 Czech Republic WC 2 120 4 0 2.00
1995 Czech Republic WC 6 3 3 0 359 9 2 1.50
1996 Czech Republic WC 8 7 0 1 480 15 1 1.88
1996 Czech Republic WCH 3 0 3 0 82 10 0 7.32
2002 Czech Republic OLY 0
Junior totals 18 989 39 2.37
Senior totals 21 1161 41 3 2.12

Awards[edit]

International play[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-c10i6bw48
  2. ^ "Report: Turek re-works deal with Flames". 2004-07-01. Archived from the original on 2004-08-22.