Blessed with speed, a quick release, and a willingness to battle for position, left-winger Sylvain Turgeon was very effective during his 12 years in the league. He topped the 30-goal mark four times and was one of the most feared snipers in the NHL on the power play.
Born in Noranda, Quebec, Turgeon was drafted second overall by the Hartford Whalers after scoring 163 points for the QMJHL's Hull Olympiques in 1982-83. He also competed for Canada at the World Junior Championships and was named to the QMJHL first all-star team. In 1983-84, Turgeon scored 40 goals and was named to the NHL's all-rookie team. He was an offensive star for six years and helped the team finish at the top of the Adams Division standings in 1986-87. During this time, Turgeon formed a dangerous forward line with Kevin Dineen and Ron Francis.
In June 1989, Turgeon was sent to the New Jersey Devils for Pat Verbeek. He scored 30 goals for his new club but was traded to the Montreal Canadiens for Claude Lemieux prior to the 1990-91 season. Turgeon struggled with injuries and the intense scrutiny of playing for the Habs and produced only 14 goals in parts of two seasons. He was claimed by the Ottawa Senators at the 1992 Expansion Draft and scored 25 goals for the first-year club. He was a role player in Ottawa over the next two years then spent the 1995-96 with the IHL's Houston Aeros. In 1996-97, he headed to Germany and played a year each with the Wedemark Scorpions and the ECR Revier Lowen club. Turgeon started the next season with SC Langnau of Switzerland but soon returned to Germany with the Kassel Huskies.