January 17, 1965|
Noranda, Quebec, Canada
|Height||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
|Weight||190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)|
New Jersey Devils
2nd overall, 1983|
Turgeon was drafted by the Hartford Whalers in the 1983 NHL Entry Draft as the second overall pick. During his NHL career he played for the Whalers, the New Jersey Devils, the Montreal Canadiens and the Ottawa Senators.
Turgeon scored 40 goals as a rookie for the Whalers in the 1983–84 NHL season, establishing career highs of 45 goals, 34 assists and 79 points for the Whalers in the 1985–86 season, and he scored 30 or more goals four times in his NHL career. However, he suffered a major abdominal injury in 1986–87 and would not reach the same highs again.
In 1989, Turgeon was traded from the Whalers to the Devils for Pat Verbeek, and scored 30 goals in 72 games in his only season with the team. In 1990, he was traded from the Devils to the Canadiens for Claude Lemieux, in a lopsided trade, as Turgeon only scored 15 goals in 75 games over two seasons for the Canadiens, while Lemieux produced 125 goals for the Devils in the next five seasons and won the Conn Smythe Trophy while leading the Devils to the Stanley Cup in 1995.
Turgeon's final NHL season was 1994–95 with the Senators. He spent 1995–96 with the Houston Aeros in the International Hockey League, where he scored 28 goals and 31 assists for 59 points in 65 games. From 1996 to 2002, he played for various European teams in Germany, Switzerland and Italy.
Turgeon is the older brother of former NHL player Pierre Turgeon. They are the only two brothers in NHL history to be selected in the No. 1 and 2 slots of the draft (in separate years). His nephew, Dominic Turgeon (Pierre's son), was drafted by the Detroit Red Wings in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
Awards and achievements
Regular season and playoffs
|1989–90||New Jersey Devils||NHL||72||30||17||47||81||1||0||0||0||0|
|1996–97||EHC Olten||CHE II||9||10||2||12||38||—||—||—||—||—|
|1997–98||Revier Löwen Oberhausen||DEL||28||11||15||26||24||—||—||—||—||—|
|2001–02||HC Thurgau||CHE II||19||8||7||15||53||—||—||—||—||—|
- Sylvain Turgeon career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
- Sylvain Turgeon career statistics at EliteProspects.com
| Hartford Whalers first round draft pick