Born August 14, 1989 (age 22) in New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada
Center for the Phoenix Coyotes
Turris is one heck of a holdout! He still, as I type these words, has yet to re-sign with Phoenix or express a desire to play elsewhere. But let’s learn more about the man behind the lollygagging! Turris grew up outside Vancouver with a father who is a retired lacrosse player. In his childhood he played a lot of sports, including lacrosse like his dad and football, but then he settled on hockey. As a little 16-year-old in the British Columbia Hockey League, playing with the Burnaby Express, he was named rookie of the year, following that next year by being named the conference MVP. He also helped lead the Express to the Royal Bank Cup championship, which they won that year! Play like that led him to being ranked first overall in North American skaters by Central Scouting for the 2007 draft. The Coyotes selected him third overall in the same draft class that included Krista’s main man Patrick Kane.
He decided to go play college hockey in America instead of staying in British Columbia, attending the University of Wisconsin and playing on their team the Badgers. Though he played just one season with the Badgers, he recorded a team-high 35 points in 36 games. Then he signed an entry-level contract with Phoenix and joined them right at the end of their 2008 season. He’s been playing with them ever since. He’s also represented Canada in tourneys ranging from the Ivan Hlinka to the World Juniors, the Super Series (best of eight between Canada and Russia’s U-20 teams) and the Worlds. In 2008 he led scoring for Canada in the Worlds and they won gold. This season, aside from a brief two-game trip to Phoenix’s AHL affiliate in San Antonio, Turris spent the season in sunny Arizona. He played in 65 games, getting 11 goals, 14 assists and 16 penalty minutes. He also appeared in Phoenix’s 4-game playoff run, scoring 1 goal, getting 2 assists and spending 2 penalty minutes.