The veteran forward Kyle Turris is retiring from the NHL and joining the Coquitlam Express of the British Columbia Hockey League.
Kyle Turris : Capfriendly | Contract | Retirement |BCHL
Kyle Turris (born August 14, 1989) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey centre. He most recently played for the Edmonton Oilers of the National Hockey League (NHL).
|Born||August 14, 1989
New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada
|Height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|Weight||195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)|
|Played for||Phoenix Coyotes
He was selected third overall in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft by the Phoenix Coyotes. He has also played with the Ottawa Senators and Nashville Predators.
As a youth, Turris played in the 2002 Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament with a minor ice hockey team from North Vancouver.
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.
In the 2005 World U-17 Hockey Challenge, Turris earned a silver medal playing for Canada Pacific.
The following year, he received gold with Team Canada at the 2006 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament.
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.
Several months later, Turris played in the 2007 Super Series, an eight-game challenge series between Russia and Canada’s national under-20 teams.
Kyle Turris Contract
Kyle Turris signed a 2 year / $3,300,000 contract with the Edmonton Oilers, including $3,300,000 guaranteed, and an annual average salary of $1,650,000.
|Contract:||2 yr(s) / $3,300,000|
|Free Agent:||2022 / UFA|
The 31-year-old forward signed a six-year, $36 million contract with the Predators ($6 million average annual value) on Nov. 5, 2017, the day Nashville acquired him in a trade with the Ottawa Senators.
The veteran forward is retiring from the NHL and joining the Coquitlam Express of the British Columbia Hockey League as a special advisor to the general manager and player development coach.
“I am really excited to have Kyle joining the team on the management side of things and with the players,” Express GM Tali Campbell said in a statement.
“Any time you can get your alumni involved at any level is great, but for someone like Kyle to jump on board in this big way, is fantastic and will help us to grow our program and bring the Fred Page Cup back to Coquitlam.”
Turris, 34, spent two seasons with the team from 2005 to 2007 when it was based in Burnaby and helped lead them to a league championship.
“The Express organization played a key role in my personal and professional growth,” Turris said. “I am excited about having the opportunity to work with Tali and [head coach] Patrick [Sexton] as they help each player develop individually, while pursuing the Fred Page Cup as a team.”
Kyle Turris is taking his talents to the front office for next season.
In a surprising bit of news, the BCHL’s Coquitlam Express unveiled a new hiring on Wednesday evening, announcing that former NHL forward Kyle Turris would be joining their front office as a special advisor to the GM while also serving as a development coach for the club.
The Express confirmed that Turris retired in the off-season.
“I am really excited to have Kyle joining the team on the management side of things and with the players,” said Express chief operating officer and GM Tali Campbell in a statement on Wednesday.
“Anytime you can get your Alumni involved at any level is great but for someone like Kyle to jump on board in this big way, is fantastic and will help us to grow our program and bring the Fred Page Cup back to Coquitlam.”