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Sylvain Turgeon
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Born January 17, 1965 (1965-01-17) (age 54)
Noranda, Quebec, Canada
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shoots Left
Played for NHL
Hartford Whalers
New Jersey Devils
Montreal Canadiens
Ottawa Senators
IHL
Houston Aeros
DEL
Wedemark Scorpions
Revier Lions
Kassel Huskies
Italy
HC Bolzano
Swiss-A
Herisau HC
SCL Tigers
Swiss-B
HC Thurgau
NHL Draft 2nd overall, 1983
Hartford Whalers
Playing career 1983–2002

Sylvain Turgeon (born on January 17, 1965) is a Canadian retired left winger who played in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Hartford Whalers, New Jersey Devils, Montreal Canadiens and the Ottawa Senators.

Playing CareerEdit

Sylvan was drafted by the Hartford Whalers in the 1983 NHL Entry Draft as the second overall pick. During his NHL career he played for the Whalers, the New Jersey Devils, the Montreal Canadiens and the Ottawa Senators.

He scored 40 goals as a rookie for the Whalers in the 1983–84 NHL season, established career highs of 45 goals, 34 assists and 79 points for the Whalers in the 1985–86 season, and scored 30 or more goals 4 times in his NHL career. However, he suffered a major abdominal injury in 1986–87 and would not reach the same highs again.

In 1989, Sylvain was traded from the Whalers to the Devils for Pat Verbeek, for whom he scored 30 goals in 72 games in his only season with the team.

In 1990, he was traded from the Devils to the Canadiens for Claude Lemieux in a lopsided trade as he only scored 15 goals in 75 games over 2 seasons for the Canadiens while Lemieux produced 125 goals for the Devils in the next 5 seasons and won the Conn Smythe trophy while leading the Devils to victory and the Stanley Cup in the NHL playoffs.

Sylvain's final NHL season was 1994–95 with the Senators. He spent the 1995–96 with the Houston Aeros in the International Hockey League, where he scored 28 goals and compiled 31 assists for 59 points in 65 games.

From 1996 to 2002, he played for various European teams in Germany, Switzerland and Italy.

Career StatisticsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1981–82 Hull Olympiques QMJHL 57 33 40 73 78 14 11 11 22 16
1982–83 Hull Olympiques QMJHL 67 54 109 163 103 7 8 7 15 10
1983–84 Hartford Whalers NHL 76 40 32 72 55
1984–85 Hartford Whalers NHL 64 31 31 62 67
1985–86 Hartford Whalers NHL 76 45 34 79 88 9 2 3 5 4
1986–87 Hartford Whalers NHL 41 23 13 36 45 6 1 2 3 4
1987–88 Hartford Whalers NHL 71 23 26 49 71 6 0 0 0 4
1988–89 Hartford Whalers NHL 42 16 14 30 40 4 0 2 2 4
1989–90 New Jersey Devils NHL 72 30 17 47 81 1 0 0 0 0
1990–91 Montreal Canadiens NHL 19 5 7 12 20 5 0 0 0 2
1991–92 Montreal Canadiens NHL 56 9 11 20 39 5 1 0 1 4
1992–93 Ottawa Senators NHL 72 25 18 43 104
1993–94 Ottawa Senators NHL 47 11 15 26 52
1994–95 Ottawa Senators NHL 33 11 8 19 29
NHL totals 669 269 226 495 691 36 4 7 11 22

AccoladesEdit

  • Named to the NHL All-Rookie Team in 1983–84

Personal LifeEdit

Sylvain is the older brother of retired NHL player Pierre Turgeon and his nephew, Dominic Turgeon, was drafted by the Detroit Red Wings in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.

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