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Getting to know ... Senators centre Kyle Turris

Trade from Coyotes has provided former No. 3 pick with new lease on hockey life

Wednesday, 07.03.2012 / 11:44 AM / Features
By Rob Brodie  -
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Getting to know ... Senators centre Kyle Turris
Senators centre Kyle Turris won a gold medal with Team Canada at the 2008 World Junior Hockey Championship, six months after the Phoenix Coyotes picked him third overall in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft (Getty Images).
Kyle Turris has surely found his new hockey oasis.

From toiling in the desert with the Phoenix Coyotes to a return to a hockey-mad market with the Ottawa Senators, Turris has seen his world undergo a massive sea change in just a few short months.

But even in the middle of one of Ottawa’s famed frosty winters, the 22-year-old native of New Westminster, B.C., is a young man at peace with where the game — and life — has taken him. Obtained from the Coyotes on Dec. 17 in a deal for defenceman David Rundblad and a second-round draft pick, Turris was quickly seen as a solution to the Senators’ search for a second-line centre.

Turris was the No. 3 overall pick by the Coyotes in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. Six months later, he led Team Canada’s gold-medal winning squad in scoring at the 2008 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship in the Czech Republic.

Tuesday night, his first-period goal helped the Senators build an early 3-0 lead en route to a 7-3 triumph over the Lightning at Tampa Bay Times Forum. He recently took some time out with to talk a little hockey … and more.

Q: Who was your hockey hero growing up?
A: Steve Yzerman. He was the best all-around hockey player, Detroit Red Wings captain, won the Stanley Cup (three times) … he was just unbelievable.

Q: Tell us something about Vancouver that nobody would know.
A: You can go skiing and golfing in the same day.

Q: What do you remember about your draft day?
A: I remember everything. Waking up, getting ready, working out in the morning because the draft wasn’t until the afternoon, doing a couple of interviews, walking over to the rink (Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio), seeing the atmosphere, Wayne Gretzky calling my name to come up and join him on the podium because Phoenix had drafted me … it was a pretty neat experience.

Q: Your favourite memory about world juniors.
A: Winning the gold in overtime. The whole tournament was fun and the way Hockey Canada treated us was great.

Q: Where do you keep that gold medal?
A: I’ve got it in a safe back in Vancouver.

Q: Other than the weather, the biggest difference between Phoenix and Ottawa.
A: Here, I live about five minutes from the rink but back in Phoenix, I was about 35 minutes away. The hockey atmosphere is definitely quite a bit different here.

Q: Name three people, living or dead, who you’d like to have dinner with.
A: Muhammad Ali, Neil Armstrong (he was the first guy who walked on the moon and he’d be pretty interesting) and Albert Einstein (I read a book about him. He’d be pretty cool). Maybe Steve Yzerman, too.

Q: If you’re cooking dinner, what’s on the menu?
A: Pasta. Something like a fettucine alfredo mix with marinara sauce, with a rib eye (steak) on the side.

Q: Your favourite music.
A: I like relaxing to Jack Johnson type of stuff, and I like the Kings of Leon upbeat stuff. I like a little bit of everything.

Q: Your favourite TV show.
A: Modern Family is hilarious. I like Seinfeld, too.

Q: Your favourite movie.
A: Dumb and Dumber is pretty good.

Q: Your favourite thing to do away from the rink.
A: Just relaxing with my family and friends.




1 MTL 63 41 17 5 171 139 87
2 TBL 65 39 20 6 213 171 84
3 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
4 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
5 FLA 64 28 23 13 156 181 69
6 OTT 61 27 23 11 173 166 65
7 TOR 64 26 33 5 173 195 57
8 BUF 64 19 40 5 123 215 43


E. Karlsson 61 15 33 2 48
B. Ryan 57 16 31 10 47
K. Turris 61 15 28 -5 43
M. Hoffman 58 23 17 25 40
M. Stone 59 15 24 10 39
M. Zibanejad 59 16 18 4 34
C. MacArthur 53 13 13 -10 26
M. Michalek 56 11 14 -2 25
D. Legwand 59 8 14 -4 22
A. Chiasson 55 9 12 -8 21
C. Anderson 13 11 7 .927 2.37
R. Lehner 9 12 3 .905 3.02