Canadian hockey star, Marty Turco, played 11 seasons in the National Hockey League. He played nine of those seasons with the Dallas Stars and one season each with the Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins. Because of his puckhandling prowess, Canadian hockey personality Don Cherry named Turco: “the smartest goalie in the NHL.” Some of his league records include most shutouts in a playoff series, most wins, most games played, most minutes played by a goaltender, and most assists by a goalie.
Unlike most Canadians in the NHL, Turco did not play major junior hockey, instead he played for the University of Michigan, with whom he won two NCAA championships. Turco was drafted in the fifth round of the 1994 NHL Entry Draft by the Dallas Stars, and went on to play for Michigan that fall. Turco earned many awards in his four years at Michigan, including Rookie of the Year, Tournament MVP, nominations to the First All-Star team, the Second All-Star Team, and the All-Tournament Team in 1996 and 1998. After graduating, Turco went to play for Dallas’s International Hockey League affiliate, the Michigan K-Wings. In 1999, he was named IHL Rookie of the Year.
Before signing with EC Salzburg, Turco worked as an analyst for the NHL Network, providing in-studio analysis during the show “On The Fly.” Turco joined NHL Network’s team after the Blackhawks were eliminated by the Vancouver Canucks during the 2011 NHL playoffs. Turco says a full-time job in television might be in his future, but he would like to play again and is not ready to retire. Turco also appeared in two commercials for the National Hockey League. In a 2006 commercial for the NHL’s “Game On!” promotion, Turco can be seen in back of a family’s car to remind the father that the NHL season is starting. He can also be seen in the NHL’s “Road Trip” commercial, which was debuted during the 2007 NHL All-Star game in Dallas.