Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Sylvain Turgeon
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.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1980-81 Montreal-Bourassa QAAA 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 66 54 109 163 105 7 8 7 15 10
1982-83 Canada WJC-A 7 4 2 6 8
1983-84 Hartford Whalers NHL 76 40 32 72 55 -11
1984-85 Hartford Whalers NHL 64 31 31 62 67 -10
1985-86 Hartford Whalers NHL 76 45 34 79 88 +1 9 2 3 5 4
1986-87 Hartford Whalers NHL 41 23 13 36 45 -3 6 1 2 3 4
1987-88 Hartford Whalers NHL 71 23 26 49 71 -5 6 0 0 0 4
1988-89 Hartford Whalers NHL 42 16 14 30 40 -11 4 0 2 2 4
1989-90 New Jersey Devils NHL 72 30 17 47 81 -8 1 0 0 0 0
1990-91 Montreal Canadiens NHL 19 5 7 12 20 -2 5 0 0 0 2
1991-92 Montreal Canadiens NHL 56 9 11 20 39 -4 5 1 0 1 4
1992-93 Ottawa Senators NHL 72 25 18 43 104 -29
1993-94 Ottawa Senators NHL 47 11 15 26 52 -25
1994-95 Ottawa Senators NHL 33 11 8 19 29 -1
1995-96 Houston Aeros IHL 65 28 31 59 66
1996-97 HC Bolzano Alpenliga 23 14 11 25 22
1996-97 EHC Olten Swiss-2
1996-97 EC Hannover Turtles German-2 10 4 6 10 12 8 5 2 7 41
1997-98 Revier Lowen Oberhausen Germany 27 11 15 26 24
1997-98 SC Herisau Swiss 14 9 2 11 26
1998-99 SC Langnau Swiss 5 1 1 2 4
1998-99 Kassel Huskies Germany 34 20 8 28 32
1999-00 Kassel Huskies Germany 49 32 13 45 49 8 2 2 4 10
2000-01 Kassel Huskies Germany 58 15 10 25 44 8 0 3 3 2
2001-02 HC Thurgau Swiss-2 19 8 7 15 53
NHL Totals 669 269 226 495 691 36 4 7 11 22


Brother of Pierre
QMJHL - Offensive Rookie of the Year (1982)
QMJHL First All-Star Team (1983)
NHL All-Rookie Team (1984) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1986)
Traded to New Jersey by Hartford for Pat Verbeek, June 17, 1989.
Missed majority of 1990-91 due to hernia surgery, August 23, 1990, and kneecap injury vs. Chicago, February 6, 1991. Traded to Montreal by New Jersey for Claude Lemieux, September 4, 1990. Claimed by Ottawa from Montreal in Expansion Draft, June 18, 1992.