Sylvain Turgeon

Joseph Sylvain Dorilla Turgeon (born January 17, 1965) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player who played 669 games in the National Hockey League (NHL).

Sylvain Turgeon
Born (1965-01-17) January 17, 1965 (age 56)
Noranda, Quebec, Canada
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Left wing
Shot Left
Played for Hartford Whalers
New Jersey Devils
Montreal Canadiens
Ottawa Senators
HC Bolzano
Wedemark Scorpions
Revierlöwen Oberhausen
SC Herisau
SC Langnau
Kassel Huskies
NHL Draft 2nd overall, 1983
Hartford Whalers
Playing career 1983–2002

Playing careerEdit

Turgeon was drafted by the Hartford Whalers in the 1983 NHL Entry Draft as the second overall pick. During his NHL career he played for the Whalers, the New Jersey Devils, the Montreal Canadiens and the Ottawa Senators.

Turgeon scored 40 goals as a rookie for the Whalers in the 1983–84 NHL season, establishing career highs of 45 goals, 34 assists and 79 points for the Whalers in the 1985–86 season, and he scored 30 or more goals four times in his NHL career. However, he suffered a major abdominal injury in 1986–87 and would not reach the same highs again.

In 1989, Turgeon was traded from the Whalers to the Devils for Pat Verbeek, and scored 30 goals in 72 games in his only season with the team. In 1990, he was traded from the Devils to the Canadiens for Claude Lemieux, in a lopsided trade, as Turgeon only scored 15 goals in 75 games over two seasons for the Canadiens, while Lemieux produced 125 goals for the Devils in the next five seasons and won the Conn Smythe Trophy while leading the Devils to the Stanley Cup in 1995.

Turgeon's final NHL season was 1994–95 with the Senators. He spent 1995–96 with the Houston Aeros in the International Hockey League, where he scored 28 goals and 31 assists for 59 points in 65 games. From 1996 to 2002, he played for various European teams in Germany, Switzerland and Italy.

Personal lifeEdit

Turgeon is the older brother of former NHL player Pierre Turgeon. They are the only two brothers in NHL history to be selected in the No. 1 and 2 slots of the draft (in separate years).  His nephew, Dominic Turgeon (Pierre's son), was drafted by the Detroit Red Wings in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.

Awards and achievementsEdit

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1980–81 Bourassa Angevins QMAAA 43 34 44 78 87 11 13 9 22 30
1981–82 Hull Olympiques QMJHL 57 33 40 73 72 14 11 11 22 16
1982–83 Hull Olympiques QMJHL 67 54 109 163 105 7 8 7 15 10
1983–84 Hartford Whalers NHL 76 40 32 72 55
1984–85 Hartford Whalers NHL 64 31 31 62 67
1985–86 Hartford Whalers NHL 76 45 34 79 88 9 2 3 5 4
1986–87 Hartford Whalers NHL 41 23 13 36 45 6 1 2 3 4
1987–88 Hartford Whalers NHL 71 23 26 49 71 6 0 0 0 4
1988–89 Hartford Whalers NHL 42 16 14 30 40 4 0 2 2 4
1989–90 New Jersey Devils NHL 72 30 17 47 81 1 0 0 0 0
1990–91 Montreal Canadiens NHL 19 5 7 12 20 5 0 0 0 2
1991–92 Montreal Canadiens NHL 56 9 11 20 39 5 1 0 1 4
1992–93 Ottawa Senators NHL 72 25 18 43 104
1993–94 Ottawa Senators NHL 47 11 15 26 52
1994–95 Ottawa Senators NHL 33 11 8 19 29
1995–96 Houston Aeros IHL 65 28 31 59 66
1996–97 HC Bolzano ITA 23 14 11 25 22
1996–97 Wedemark Scorpions DEL 12 5 8 13 12 8 5 2 7 41
1996–97 EHC Olten CHE II 9 10 2 12 38
1997–98 Revier Löwen Oberhausen DEL 28 11 15 26 24
1997–98 SC Herisau NDA 14 9 2 11 26
1998–99 SC Langnau NDA 5 1 1 2 4
1998–99 Kassel Huskies DEL 34 20 8 28 32
1999–2000 Kassel Huskies DEL 49 32 13 45 49 8 2 2 4 10
2000–01 Kassel Huskies DEL 58 15 10 25 44 8 0 3 3 2
2001–02 HC Thurgau CHE II 19 8 7 15 53
NHL totals 669 269 226 495 691 36 4 7 11 22
DEL totals 181 83 54 137 161 24 7 7 14 53

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event   GP G A Pts PIM
1983 Canada WJC 7 4 2 6 8

External linksEdit

See alsoEdit

Preceded by
Paul Lawless
Hartford Whalers first round draft pick
1983
Succeeded by
Sylvain Côté