While watching the Blackhawks take on the Florida Panthers this past week, I saw former Blackhawks Brian Campbell, Kris Versteeg, and Tomas Kopecky playing for a new team. That inspired a new weekly feature for your Saturday reading pleasure. We will be looking at where former Blackhawks came from and where they are now. That being said we are going to start with former Blackhawks goalie Marty Turco. Turco once dubbed the “smartest goalie in the NHL” by Canadian Hockey Personality Don Cherry.
Marty Turco played in the NHL from 2000-01 to 2011-12. Turco would spend nine seasons of his career with the Dallas Stars. With the Dallas Stars, Turco produced some impressive numbers. In 2002-03, Turco set the record for lowest goals against for a season with 1.72. Turco record would stand for one season, as recently retired Miikka Kiprusoff broke it with a 1.69 goals against for the season. Turco and the Stars would make the playoffs in 2002-03 but would fall to the Colorado Avalanche in five games. Turco would again take the Stars to the playoffs in 2003-04, but fall to the Avalanche again in the first round. In 2006-07 Turco would help the Stars defeat the Vancouver Canucks. He would post three shutouts in one series, a record that has been tied by only three other goalies. Turco is the franchise leader in games played with the Stars.
After spending the first the nine seasons of his career with the Dallas Stars, Turco was not resigned. Turco signed a one year contract with the Chicago Blackhawks. Turco was brought in to replace the departed Antti Niemi, while Corey Crawford backed him up. Turco could not reclaim the magic he had with the Dallas starts and was supplanted by Corey Crawford that season. With the Blackhawks Turco could be seen on many occasions leaving the crease to setup shop at the opponents blue line. He was always known for his great passing abilities. He had 22 career assists but none with the Blackhawks. Turco numbers with the Blackhawks were 29 games played with a record of 11-11 with 3.02 goals allowed and a save percentage of 89.7%.
My favorite Blackhawks Turco moment came off the ice against the Montreal Canadians. Turco and a fan bet five dollars on the game. The Blackhawks would win the game and the fan would sign the five dollar bill “Habs rule” and give it to Turco. Turco would sign the bill “Turco rules” and return it to the fan.
Turco is currently doing fundraising events. He can also be seen on the NHL network and Fox Sports sharing his knowledge about the game. You can follow Turco on Twitter at @mturco35. If anyone has suggestions for next weeks’ “where have the (ex) Blackhawks gone” please write it on the comments section below.