Kyle Turris

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Kyle Turris
Kyle Turris 1 2017-05-13.jpg
Turris with the Ottawa Senators in 2017
Born (1989-08-14) August 14, 1989 (age 30)
New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Right
NHL team
Former teams
Nashville Predators
Phoenix Coyotes
Ottawa Senators
National teamFlag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada
NHL Draft 3rd overall, 2007
Phoenix Coyotes
Playing career 2008present

Kyle Turris (born August 14, 1989) is a Canadian professional ice hockey centre currently playing for the Nashville Predators of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was selected third overall in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft by the Phoenix Coyotes and has also played with the Ottawa Senators.


Playing career

Early career

As a youth, Turris played in the 2002 Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament with a minor ice hockey team from North Vancouver. [1]

As a 16-year-old in the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL), Turris scored 72 points in 57 games for the Burnaby Express in 2005–06 and was awarded the Bruce Allison Memorial Trophy for the Coastal Conference as rookie of the year. [2] The following year, he finished second in BCHL scoring with 121 points and was named the Coastal Conference's Most Valuable Player. [2] Adding 26 points in 14 games, Turris led the Express to the BCHL championship, advancing to the 2006 Royal Bank Cup, Canada's national Junior A championship. He scored a hat-trick in the final game against the Yorkton Terriers of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL) and led the tournament in scoring as the Express won the championship. [3] [4]

Named the 2007 Canadian Junior A Player of the Year, he was ranked first overall among North American skaters by Central Scouting and third among all skaters by International Scouting Services for the upcoming draft. [5] [6] In the subsequent 2007 NHL Entry Draft, he was drafted third overall by the Phoenix Coyotes, behind Patrick Kane and James van Riemsdyk. Turris stands as the highest ever drafted Tier II Junior "A" player since the level's inception by the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association in 1970.[ citation needed ]

Turris had the option of playing major junior rather than Junior A, as his Western Hockey League (WHL) rights were held by the Vancouver Giants, but he opted to stay with the Express so that he could play collegiate hockey in the U.S. once eligible. [6] Accordingly, Turris joined the Wisconsin Badgers of the NCAA's Western Collegiate Hockey Association in 2007–08 and recorded a team-high 35 points in 36 games. While at the University of Wisconsin, Turris' roommate was Ryan McDonagh, who went on to play with the New York Rangers. [7]

Professional career

Phoenix Coyotes

Turris and teammate Taylor Pyatt (left) practising with the Phoenix Coyotes. Kyle Turris Coyotes practice.jpg
Turris and teammate Taylor Pyatt (left) practising with the Phoenix Coyotes.

After Turris's season in Wisconsin ended, he signed an entry level contract with the Phoenix Coyotes on March 31, 2008, and joined the team for their final three games of the season. [8] He made his NHL debut on April 3 against the Dallas Stars and recorded his first point, an assist, in his third game on April 6 against the Anaheim Ducks. [9]

Starting 2008–09 with the Coyotes the following season, Turris scored his first NHL goal on October 12, 2008, digging a rebound out from under goaltender Jean-Sébastien Giguère's pad in a 4–2 win against the Anaheim Ducks. [10]

After becoming a restricted free agent on July 1, 2011, failed contract negotiations with the Coyotes resulted in Turris holding out for the start of the 2011–12 season. With Turris absent from Phoenix's training camp, ESPN reported in September 2011 that Turris had requested a US$3–4 million salary. His demands caused speculation in the media he wanted to be traded from the team. [11] By late October, a month into the season, Turris' agent, Kurt Overhardt, confirmed the player had requested a trade, asserting contract negotiations had "never been about money". [12] Turris agreed to a two-year, $2.8 million contract with the Coyotes on November 22, 2011. [13]

Ottawa Senators

On December 17, 2011, Turris was traded to the Ottawa Senators in exchange for David Rundblad and a second-round pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. [14] He registered an assist in his first game with Ottawa, a 4–1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on December 20, 2011. On April 18, 2012, Turris scored two minutes into the first overtime period, earning the Senators a come-from-behind 3–2 victory over the New York Rangers, as well as their first home playoff win since Game 3 of the 2007 Stanley Cup Finals against the Anaheim Ducks. After establishing new career highs in goals (12), assists (17) and points (29) in his first season in Ottawa, Turris agreed to a five-year, $17.5 million contract extension with the club in late August 2012. [15] Since joining the Senators, Turris has scored at least one point during each of the team's season-opening games, from his first game on December 20, 2011 to the season opener on October 12, 2016. Turris finished the season with a career-high 27 goals. The Senators advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals during the playoffs, but were eliminated in seven games by the eventual Stanley Cup champions, the Pittsburgh Penguins. In 19 games, Turris recorded 4 goals and 10 points.

Nashville Predators

Entering the 2017–18 NHL season, Turris and the Senators had not reached agreement on a new contract. On November 5, 2017, Turris was traded to the Nashville Predators in a three-team trade that also included the Colorado Avalanche. The Senators acquired Matt Duchene from the Avalanche, while Colorado acquired Samuel Girard, Vladislav Kamenev and a 2018 second-round pick from the Predators, as well as Andrew Hammond, Shane Bowers and 2018 first- and third-round picks from the Senators. [16] Turris was immediately signed to a six-year, $36 million contract extension. [17] In his Predators' debut, he scored and recorded an assist in a 5–4 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins. [18]

International play

Medal record
Ice hockey
Representing Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada
World Championships
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 2019 Slovakia
World Junior Championships
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 2008 Czech Republic

In the 2005 World U-17 Hockey Challenge, Turris earned a silver medal playing for Canada Pacific. [19] The following year, he received gold with Team Canada at the 2006 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament [20]

Early in his second season in the BCHL, Turris competed in the inaugural 2006 World Junior A Challenge, an international Junior A tournament. Playing with Canada West, he led the tournament in scoring and was named tournament MVP as Canada West won the gold medal over Canada East. At the end of the 2006–07 season, he competed in the 2007 IIHF World U18 Championships with Canada, although the nation failed to medal. [21]

Several months later, Turris played in the 2007 Super Series, an eight-game challenge series between Russia and Canada's national under-20 teams. He led the series in goal scoring with seven as Canada won the series with a 7–0–1 record. In the eighth and final game, held in his hometown of Vancouver, Turris scored two goals and was named the game's MVP.

In 2008, Turris led Canada in scoring at the World Junior Championships in the Czech Republic en route to a gold medal.

On May 12, 2018, Turris was named to represent the senior Canadian team at the IIHF World Championship in Denmark, finishing out of medal contention. [22]

On April 29, 2019, Turris returned to represent Canada in the following 2019 IIHF World Championship held in Slovakia. [23] He was selected as team captain heading into the commencement of the Tournament on May 10, 2019. [24] Turris led Canada's progression through to the playoff rounds before losing the final to Finland to finish with the Silver Medal on May 26, 2019. [25] He finished the tournament posting 4 goals and 10 points in as many games.

Personal life

Turris with Karpat during 2012-13 SM-liiga season. Kyle Turris - Oulun Karpat 2.jpg
Turris with Kärpät during 2012–13 SM-liiga season.

Turris was born to Bruce and Vikky Turris in New Westminster, British Columbia. Bruce Turris is a retired lacrosse player, inducted into the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame as a former member of the Western Lacrosse Association's Vancouver Burrards. [26]

Turris graduated high school from St. Thomas More Collegiate in Burnaby, British Columbia. Growing up, he excelled in numerous sports. He was a member of the junior New Westminster Salmonbellies lacrosse team and also played the position of quarterback for three years before focusing on hockey full-time. [6]

Turris lists Steve Yzerman as his favourite hockey player growing up, and Jack Johnson and Kings of Leon as his favourite music. [27]

Turris served as honorary captain of the Capital City Condors, [28] a family of ice hockey teams based in Ottawa for those ages six and up who are unable to play on any other hockey team due to a developmental disability. He and his wife, Julie, volunteered with the team on a regular basis and had lent their support to many of the Condors events, including the annual Kyle Turris Capital City Condors Golf Classic.

Turris and his wife Julie have three children: two sons and a daughter. The family resides in Brentwood, Tennessee. [29] Turris consumes between 5,500 and 6,000 calories a day as part of his diet. [30]

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

Regular season Playoffs
Season TeamLeagueGP G A Pts PIM GPGAPtsPIM
2005–06 Burnaby Express BCHL 5736367232201013236
2006–07Burnaby ExpressBCHL536655121831412142616
2007–08 Wisconsin Badgers WCHA 3611243538
2007–08 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 30112
2008–09 Phoenix CoyotesNHL638122021
2008–09 San Antonio Rampage AHL 84376
2009–10 San Antonio RampageAHL7624396360
2010–11 San Antonio RampageAHL20112
2010–11 Phoenix CoyotesNHL651114251641232
2011–12 Phoenix CoyotesNHL60004
2011–12 Ottawa Senators NHL491217292771232
2012–13 Oulun Kärpät SM-l 217121924
2012–13 Ottawa SenatorsNHL48121729241063913
2013–14 Ottawa SenatorsNHL8226325839
2014–15 Ottawa SenatorsNHL8224406436611218
2015–16 Ottawa SenatorsNHL5713173032
2016–17 Ottawa SenatorsNHL782728554719461025
2017–18 Ottawa SenatorsNHL113692
2017–18 Nashville Predators NHL6513294224130336
2018–19 Nashville PredatorsNHL55716233361122
2019–20 Nashville PredatorsNHL62922312240000
NHL totals7261652514163296914183268


2005 Team Pacific U17 63142
2006 Canada IH18 41122
2006 Canada West WJAC 456114
2007 Canada WJC18 63252
2007 CanadaSS87186
2008 Canada WJC 74482
2014 Canada WC 83362
2018 CanadaWC41120
2019 CanadaWC1046108
Junior totals3523153818
Senior totals228101810

Awards and honours

Coastal Rookie of the Year2006
Coastal MVP2007
Player of the Year2007
RBC Financial Group Canadian Junior A Player of the Year2007
CJHL Players of the Year2007
WCHA All-Rookie Team 2008
WHCA Third All-Star Team2008
WJAC All-Star Team2006
WJAC Scoring Champion2006

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Chris Summers
Phoenix Coyotes first round draft pick
Succeeded by
Nick Ross