Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Pierre Turgeon
An immensely talented offensive centre, Pierre Turgeon entered the NHL in 1987-88, and has been one of the most skilled players in the NHL.

Turgeon entered the 1986-87 season as the top rated Canadian amateur prospect and he did not wilt under the immense expectations. He accumulated 154 points in only 58 games with the QMJHL's Granby Bisons and represented Canada at the World Junior championships.

As a rookie he scored the first overall pick in the 1987 NHL Entry Draft had a respectable 42 points on an improved Sabres squad that made the playoffs for the first time in three seasons. Turgeon broke through as a bonafide NHL star with 88 points as a sophomore and 106 points in 1989-90.

Early in 1991-92 Turgeon was the key to the package sent by the Sabres to the New York Islanders to acquire Pat Lafontaine. In his first season with the Islanders, Turgeon registered 87 points in 67 games.

The next year Turgeon experienced the highs and lows of his career. During the regular season he established personal standards with 58 goals and 132 points while capturing the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy. Turgeon continued to excel in the post-season and led the Islanders to a first round upset over the Washington Capitals. Unfortunately, the young star suffered a shoulder injury late in the series-clinching game against Washington. Even though New York went all the way to the semifinals, Turgeon was clearly hampered by this injury when he returned to the lineup.

Turgeon continued to produce for the Islanders but the team never built on its success of 1992-93. In 1994-95 he lived out a childhood fantasy when a trade brought him to the Montreal Canadiens. The highlight of his time with the Habs came in 1995-96 when he recorded 96 points and was the team's captain for the last game at the Montreal Forum.

Early in the 1996-97 season, Turgeon was traded to the St. Louis Blues where he functioned as a solid point-per-game forward. In 1999-00, Turgeon began playing his most inspired hockey since the shoulder injury in the 1993 playoffs. Through most of the regular season he was among the NHL's leading scorers before he was felled by injuries. In the end he scored 66 points in 52 games and helped the Blues set a franchise record with 115 points and earn the President's trophy for finishing at the top of the NHL's standings. Turgeon went on to play one more season with the Blues before signing as a free agent with Dallas Stars in the summer of 2001.

Upon his arrival in Dallas, Turgeon was hampered by injuries and was limited to a mere 66 and 65 games in his first two seasons with the club. Although injuries hampered his offensive totals, the Rouyn-Noranda native finished the 2002-03 season with over 400 goals, over 700 assists and over 1,200 points and in 2003-04 notched his 16th consecutive 40+ point season.

Following a lock out season in 2004-05, Turgeon was acquired by the Colorado Avalanche in the summer of 2005. He went on to appear in 62 games during the 2005-06 season but was limited to only 17 the following season due to groin and calf injuries.

After 19 years in the NHL, the 38-year-old former Montreal Canadiens captain announced his retirement on September 5, 2007.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1984-85 Montreal-Bourassa QAAA 41 49 52 101 26 5 3 8 11 2
1985-86 Granby Bisons QMJHL 69 47 67 114 31
1985-86 Canada Nat-Tm 11 2 4 6 2
1986-87 Granby Bisons QMJHL 58 69 85 154 8 7 9 6 15 15
1986-87 Canada WJC-A 6 3 0 3 2
1987-88 Buffalo Sabres NHL 76 14 28 42 34 -8 6 4 3 7 4
1988-89 Buffalo Sabres NHL 80 34 54 88 26 -2 5 3 5 8 2
1989-90 Buffalo Sabres NHL 80 40 66 106 29 +10 6 2 4 6 2
1990-91 Buffalo Sabres NHL 78 32 47 79 26 +14 6 3 1 4 6
1991-92 Buffalo Sabres NHL 8 2 6 8 4 -1
1991-92 New York Islanders NHL 69 38 49 87 16 +8
1992-93 New York Islanders NHL 83 58 74 132 26 -1 11 6 7 13 0
1993-94 New York Islanders NHL 69 38 56 94 18 +14 4 0 1 1 0
1994-95 New York Islanders NHL 34 13 14 27 10 -12
1994-95 Montreal Canadiens NHL 15 11 9 20 4 +12
1995-96 Montreal Canadiens NHL 80 38 58 96 44 +19 6 2 4 6 2
1996-97 Montreal Canadiens NHL 9 1 10 11 2 +4
1996-97 St. Louis Blues NHL 69 25 49 74 12 +4 5 1 1 2 2
1997-98 St. Louis Blues NHL 60 22 46 68 24 +13 10 4 4 8 2
1998-99 St. Louis Blues NHL 67 31 34 65 36 +4 13 4 9 13 6
1999-00 St. Louis Blues NHL 52 26 40 66 8 +30 7 0 7 7 0
2000-01 St. Louis Blues NHL 79 30 52 82 37 +14 15 5 10 15 2
2001-02 Dallas Stars NHL 66 15 32 47 16 -4
2002-03 Dallas Stars NHL 65 12 30 42 18 +4 5 0 1 1 0
2003-04 Dallas Stars NHL 76 15 25 40 20 +17 5 1 3 4 2
2004-05
2005-06 Colorado Avalanche NHL 62 16 30 46 32 +1 5 0 2 2 6
2006-07 Colorado Avalanche NHL 17 4 3 7 10 -1
NHL Totals 1294 515 812 1327 452 109 35 62 97 36


Brother of Sylvain
QMJHL - Offensive Rookie of the Year (1986)
Lady Byng Memorial Trophy (1993) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1990, 1993, 1994, 1996)
Traded to NY Islanders by Buffalo with Uwe Krupp, Benoit Hogue and Dave McLlwain for Pat LaFontaine, Randy Hillier, Randy Wood and NY Islanders' 4th round choice (Dean Melanson) in 1992 Entry Draft, October 25, 1991. Traded to Montreal by NY Islanders with Vladimir Malakhov for Kirk Muller, Mathieu Schneider and Craig Darby, April 5, 1995. Traded to St. Louis by Montreal with Rory Fitzpatrick and Craig Conroy for Murray Baron, Shayne Corson and St. Louis' 5th round choice (Gennady Razin) in 1997 Entry Draft, October 29, 1996. Signed as a free agent by Dallas, July 1, 2001. Signed as a free agent by Colorado, August 3, 2005. Missed majority of 2006-07 due to shoulder and calf injuries. Officially announced his retirement, September, 5, 2007.