Be A Player: Rewind | Marty Turco

Marty Turco opens up about his time learning from Eddie Belfour and as a Michigan Wolverine amid trips to a Dallas Mavericks game and The Mark Cuban Show with host Brett Lindros.

Marty Turco


543 NHL GP (DAL, CHI, BOS)
41 NHL career shutouts
3x NHL All-Star (2003, 2004, 2007)
NHL 2nd All-Star Team (2002-03)
NHL Foundation Player Award winner (2005)

The year was 2003, the host was Brett Lindros, and the player was Marty Turco.

Turco finished this season with 31 wins, boasting a league-leading 1.72 GAA among netminders with 10 or more starts. He also co-led the that same group with a .932 SV% with Zac Bierk, who started just 15 games.

Originally aired February 6, 2003, the pair attend a Dallas Mavericks game and The Mark Cuban Show while Turco reminisces on some of the earlier aspects of his career – from learning from the great Eddie Belfour to suiting up as Michigan Wolverine. Bonus appearances include Canadian basketball legend, Steve Nash, and fellow NHLPA member, Rick Nash!

Fun Fact #1: In this episode, we also learn that Turco is a fan of "ugly jerseys" (his words, don't @ us Canucks fans) when it comes to his favourite football teams and the hockey team he cheered for growing up.

Then and now

Turco eventually entered the University of Michigan’s Hall of Honor in 2017. He had great success while helping the team to two championships (1996, 1998), winning Rookie of the Year (1995), Tournament MVP (1998), along with nominations to several All-Star teams. Turco also holds the University’s records in career wins (127), career shutouts (15), and wins in a single season (34 in 1995–96).

On January 15, 2009, Turco played his 421st game for the Dallas Stars to become the franchise's all-time leader in games played by a goaltender.

Since retirement, Turco has worked with the C5 Youth Foundation of Texas. Once called "the smartest goalie inthe NHL" by Canadian hockey personality Don Cherry, Turco has also served as an in-studio analyst for the NHL Network.

Fun Fact #2: Did you know that Turco was the original NHL cat guy? 


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