Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Roman Turek
Born in 1970 in the Czech Republic town of Strakonice, the 6' 3'' and 215 pound dynamo started his big league career as a mainstay on the Czech junior teams that competed in the European and World Junior Championships in the late 1980s. He went on to join the Budejovice club in the Czech league, and was chosen MVP for Budejovice in the 1993-94 season. He also played on the Czech national team at the 1993, 1994 and 1995 World Championships, the 1996 World Cup and the 1994 Winter Olympics. In 1996 Turek starred for the Czechs in the World Championship, recording an impressive 7-0-1 result and leading his squad to the gold medal.

After a short stint with Nuremberg in the German league, Turek who was drafted by the Minnesota North Stars in 1990 made his debut with the Dallas Stars in 1996-97 and split his time between the Texas club and Michigan of the IHL for the next two seasons. Turek consistently played well for Dallas in his first two seasons with the NHL club, recording goals-against averages of 2.05 and 2.22 respectively.

In 1998-99 Turek played a key role in the Stars' Stanley Cup victory, posting a 2.02 goals-against average and a .915 saves percentage while sharing goaltending duties with Ed Belfour. The impressive duo won the William M. Jennings Trophy for the team with the lowest goals scored against it, but more importantly brought the franchise its first-ever Stanley Cup.

Despite Dallas's success with their two top-notch netminders, things were getting a little crowded in the Stars' net, with two of the game's top goalies struggling for playing time on a powerhouse team. Turek managed to stay sharp by practicing more than he had been used to when he was a first-string goalie, often riding the exercise bike and jogging after practise.

In August 1999 Turek signed as a free agent with the St. Louis Blues. His multiyear contract freed him from the burden of having to play backup, and he he became the anchor of the Blues' defense. It was his steady play that was a big part of the St. Louis drive into the 1999-00 playoffs and their record-setting regular season as well as his second William M. Jennings Trophy. But after falling out of the playoffs in the first round two years in a row, the Blues moved Turek to the Calgary Flames in the summer of 2001.

Over the course of the next three seasons Turek suited up for the Flames, yet battled injuries in 2003-04 before opting to call it a career in the summer of 2005.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1987-88 Motor Ceske Budejovice Jr. Czech-Jr.
1987-88 Czechoslovakia EJC-A 5 1.98
1988-89 Motor Ceske Budejovice Jr. Czech-Jr.
1988-89 Czechoslovakia WJC-A 7 4 1 1 0 2.46
1989-90 Motor Ceske Budejovice Jr. Czech-Jr.
1989-90 Czechoslovakia WJC-A 6 4 2 0 0 2.58
1990-91 Motor Ceske Budejovice Czech 26 0 4.73
1991-92 Motor Ceske Budejovice Czech-2 2.28
1992-93 Motor Ceske Budejovice Czech 43 2.84
1992-93 Czech Republic WC-A
1993-94 HC Ceske Budejovice CzRep 44 2.58 3 0 4.00
1993-94 Czech Republic Olympics 2 2 0 0 0 1.50
1993-94 Czech Republic WC-A 2 2.00
1994-95 HC Ceske Budejovice CzRep 44 2.76 9 3.01
1994-95 Czech Republic WC-A 6 3 3 0 2 1.50
1995-96 Nurnberg Ice Tigers Germany 48 3.32 5 2.48
1995-96 Czech Republic WC-A 8 7 0 1 1 1.88
1996-97 Czech Republic W-Cup 3 0 3 0 0 7.32
1996-97 Dallas Stars NHL 6 3 1 0 0 2.05
1996-97 Michigan K-Wings IHL 29 8 13 4 0 2.97
1997-98 Dallas Stars NHL 23 11 10 1 1 2.22
1997-98 Michigan K-Wings IHL 2 1 1 0 0 2.52
1998-99 Dallas Stars NHL 26 16 3 3 1 2.08
1999-00 St. Louis Blues NHL 67 42 15 9 7 1.95 7 3 4 0 2.75
2000-01 St. Louis Blues NHL 54 24 18 10 6 2.28 14 9 5 0 2.05
2001-02 Calgary Flames NHL 69 30 28 11 5 2.53
2002-03 Calgary Flames NHL 65 27 29 9 4 2.57
2003-04 Calgary Flames NHL 18 6 11 0 3 2.33 1 0 0 0 0.00
2004-05 HC Ceske Budejovice CzRep-2 15 3 1.61 11 6 1.11
2005-06 HC Ceske Budejovice CzRep 31 1 2.26 10 1 1.84
2006-07 HC Mountfield Ceske Budejovice CzRep 35 2 2.65 11 1 2.86
2007-08 HC Mountfield Ceske Budejovice CzRep 42 6 2.14 11 3 1.59
2008-09 HC Mountfield Ceske Budejovice CzRep 44 4 2.53
2009-10 HC Mountfield Ceske Budejovice CzRep 38 4 2.86 5 0 4.43
NHL Totals 328 159 115 43 27 2.30 22 12 9 0 2.23


EJC-A All-Star Team (1988)
Czech-Republic Player of the Year (1994)
WC-A All-Star Team (1995, 1996)
Best Goaltender at WC-A (1996)William M. Jennings Trophy (1999) with Ed Belfour
NHL Second All-Star Team (2000)
William M. Jennings Trophy (2000) Played in NHL All-Star Game (2000)
Rights transferred to Dallas after Minnesota franchise relocated, June 9, 1993. Traded to St. Louis by Dallas for St. Louis' compensatory 2nd round choice (Dan Jancevski) in 1999 Entry Draft, June 20, 1999. Traded to Calgary by St. Louis with St. Louis' 4th round choice (Yegor Shastin) in 2001 Entry Draft for Fred Brathwaite, Daniel Tkaczuk, Sergei Varlamov and Calgary's 9th round choice (Grant Jacobsen) in 2001 Entry Draft, June 23, 2001.
Missed majority of 2003-04 due to knee injury vs. Buffalo, October 14, 2003. Signed as a free agent by Ceske Budejovice (CzRep-2), November 9, 2004.