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Darren Geoffrey Turcotte





Born: 1968 - Boston, Mass.


Elected: 03-Dec-2002

Inducted: 27-Apr-2004



Darren Turcotte was born in Boston, Mass. in 1968 and grew up in North Bay, where he started to play hockey at the age of five. He spent six seasons in the “AAA” program with Pinehill Coffee Shop, coached by his father (Butch). In 1982 they won the NOHA Bantam title and were provincial finalists. In 1984 he scored over 60 goals and led the team to the NOHA, Ontario and Canadian Midget Hockey titles. A third round pick of the Centennials in l984, he played four seasons in the OHL, scoring at least 30 goals and carding at least 30 assists each season. He tallied 128 goals and listed 278 points in 211 regular season games and in 40 playoff matches added another l8 goals. He played for the United States in two World Junior Championship tournaments. Drafted by the New York Rangers in 1986, he played 635 NHL games with six teams over 11 seasons, scoring 195 regular season goals and carding 411 points; a power play specialist early in his career, he potted 58 PPG. He topped rookie charts by scoring 32 times in his initial campaign and 113 in his first four years. Converted to a defensive specialist he notched 11 SHG but suffered a broken foot and injuries to both knees. Along with the Rangers, he played for Hartford, Winnipeg, San Jose, St. Louis and Nashville. On returning to North Bay he coached at various levels.

Inductee No.  196
Last Revised: 11/13/2011


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