Darren Turcotte

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Darren Turcotte
Born (1968-03-02) March 2, 1968 (age 51)
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Center
Shot Left
Played for New York Rangers (19881993)
Hartford Whalers (19931995)
Winnipeg Jets (1995–1996)
San Jose Sharks (19961997)
St. Louis Blues (1997–1998)
Nashville Predators (19982000)
National team  United States
NHL Draft 114th overall, 1986
New York Rangers
Playing career 1988–2000

Darren Turcotte (born March 2, 1968, in Boston, Massachusetts) is an American former professional Ice hockey player.

Early life

Turcotte's family moved to North Bay, Ontario where he spent most of his childhood. After his family returned to northern Ontario, he began playing ice hockey at the age of five.[1] He then played six seasons with the Pinehill Coffee Shop 'AAA' minor hockey team, which at the time was coached by his father Don Turcotte.[1] In 1984, now playing in the midget division, Darren scored 60 goals and in that same year he led the Pinehill Coffee Shop win the NOHA, Ontario, and Canadian Midget hockey titles.[1] After his impressive 60 goal season, Darren was drafted to the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) North Bay Centennials in the third round. He played four seasons with the Centennials, averaging 60 points a season with 30 goals and 30 assists.[1] He also made it to the OHL Cup championship final series in 1987, but North Bay lost the series in seven games to the Oshawa Generals.[2] Turcotte finished his OHL career with a record of 128 goals and 150 assists for a total of 278 points with 211 regular season games played.[1]

Professional career

Turcotte was drafted in the 1986 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Rangers in the sixth round, number 114 overall. He made his NHL debut on October 6, 1988, but was sent down to the Denver Rangers of the International Hockey League (IHL).[3] After he scored 49 points in 40 games in the IHL, he was called back up to New York.[3] In his second game back, he registered his first NHL goal and went on to record his first career hat trick a couple weeks later.[3] As a member of the Rangers, he played in the NHL All-Star game in 1991. In Turcotte's NHL career he played for the Rangers (1988-1993), Hartford Whalers (1993-1995), Winnipeg Jets (1995-1996), San Jose Sharks (1996-1997), St. Louis Blues (1997-1998), and Nashville Predators (1998-200). In 2000, Turcotte was forced to end his NHL career in Nashville due to injuries. In his 12-year NHL career, Turcotte recorded 411 points with 195 goals and 216 assists in 635 career games.[1]

Post career

After finishing his career with the Nashville Predators, Turcotte stayed in middle Tennessee and founded the Southern Ice Lightning AAA Midget traveling team in Brentwood, Tennessee. While in Tennessee, Turcotte began coaching his son Devan's tyke house league team as well as his Elite midget 'AAA' team.[2] After a few years in Tennessee, Turcotte returned to North Bay where he became the assistant coach for the Abitibi Eskimos of the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League (NOJHL) in 2005–06.[2] Shortly after, he became the head coach for the North Bay Skyhawks for two seasons. During his two seasons with the Skyhawks, Turcotte had a 41-28-1 record.[2] Turcotte went on to be the assistant coach for the Nipissing Lakers men's hockey team from 2008-2011.[4] When Nipissing gained a women's ice hockey team in 2012, Turcotte made the switch to coaching women's hockey. He also coached the North Bay Ice Boltz midget AA girls' team, taking them to the finals of a LLFHL championship tournament in 2012 and the Esso Cup national championship in 2013.[2] Turcotte also coached the Team USA inline hockey team that won gold at the 2006 World Inline Tournament. Turcotte also went on to create hockey camps and skill development programs in his hometown of North Bay.[2] On April 27, 2004, Turcotte was the 196th inductee into the North Bay Hockey Hall of Fame[1] and on May 3, 2013, he received the Judge Harry J. Reynolds Memorial Trophy for his contribution to hockey in North Bay.[2]

Personal life

Turcotte is married to Deb Turcotte and together they have three children.[citation needed]

International play

Turcotte represented the United States at the 1987 and 1988 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships and senior level at the 1993 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships.

Awards

  • Played in NHL All-Star Game (1991)

Legacy

  • Ranked No. 86 on the all-time list of New York Rangers in the book 100 Ranger Greats (John Wiley & Sons, 2009).

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1984–85 North Bay Centennials OHL 62 33 32 65 28 8 0 2 2 0
1985–86 North Bay Centennials OHL 62 35 37 72 35 10 3 4 7 8
1986–87 North Bay Centennials OHL 55 30 48 78 20 18 12 8 20 6
1987–88 North Bay Centennials OHL 32 30 33 63 16 4 3 0 3 4
1987–88 Colorado Rangers IHL 8 4 3 7 9 6 2 6 8 8
1988–89 New York Rangers NHL 20 7 3 10 4 1 0 0 0 0
1988–89 Denver Rangers IHL 40 21 28 49 32
1989–90 New York Rangers NHL 76 32 34 66 32 10 1 6 7 4
1990–91 New York Rangers NHL 74 26 41 67 37 6 1 2 3 0
1991–92 New York Rangers NHL 71 30 23 53 57 8 4 0 4 6
1992–93 New York Rangers NHL 71 25 28 53 40
1993–94 New York Rangers NHL 13 2 4 6 13
1993–94 Hartford Whalers NHL 19 2 11 13 4
1994–95 Hartford Whalers NHL 47 17 18 35 22
1995–96 Winnipeg Jets NHL 59 16 16 32 26
1995–96 San Jose Sharks NHL 9 6 5 11 4
1996–97 San Jose Sharks NHL 65 16 21 37 16
1997–98 St. Louis Blues NHL 62 12 6 18 26 10 0 0 0 2
1998–99 Nashville Predators NHL 40 4 5 9 16
1999–2000 Nashville Predators NHL 9 0 1 1 4
NHL totals 635 195 216 411 301 35 6 8 14 12

International

Year Team Event   GP G A Pts PIM
1987 United States WJC 7 6 4 10 10
1988 United States WJC 7 2 2 4 6
1993 United States WC 6 2 1 3 0
Junior totals 14 8 6 14 16

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "North Bay Sports Hall of Fame Inductee". www.northbaysportshalloffame.ca. Retrieved 2017-03-23.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Turcotte honoured for dedication to hockey". BayToday.ca. Retrieved 2017-03-23.
  3. ^ a b c "Darren Turcotte". www.greatesthockeylegends.com. Retrieved 2017-03-23.
  4. ^ "Turcotte to coach Lakers women's hockey team | Nipissing University". www.nipissingu.ca. Archived from the original on 2017-03-24. Retrieved 2017-03-23.

External links

  • Biographical information and career statistics from Eliteprospects.com, or Hockey-Reference.com, or Legends of Hockey, or The Internet Hockey Database
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