After playing a terrific first round against the Anaheim Ducks, Marty Turco seems to be the goaltender the Dallas Stars have long envisioned him to be. With the grit and downright meanness of time of the previous Eddie “The Eagle” Belfour, and a talent possibly unmatched by previous Stars goalies, I must admit that I’m now a believer in his talents after I had lost faith from past years' early exits from the playoffs.
Turco knew last night in the post-game interview on Versus what it meant to have beaten the very talented Jean-Sebastian Giguere. Memo to Turco: your name has begun to be mentioned among some of the best in the NHL. Welcome Marty Turco, you’ve arrived!
In last night's Game 6, Turco faced 18 shots from the Ducks and only allowed one goal. Having a young defense in front of him, this is no small feat. No playoff game is for a goaltender. Since his start, he has set the tone for being a great goaltender during the season but just now is he beginning to mature as a stable playoff goaltender.
Turco is a left-handed goaltender from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. He is now in his sixth NHL season after being drafted in the 5th round, 124th overall, in 1994 by Dallas. He was a great goaltender in his college years for the University of Michigan, and during his senior year led the Wolverines to the national title. This year could be the year he does the same for his Stars.
Turco’s personality on the ice mimics that of him off the ice. Rumor has it the past several years when the Stars left the playoffs in the first round he took it personally, and made it his off season job to improve. Turco brings a fun loving nature to the ice and the locker room for Dallas, as seen by the year he was mic’ed up in the NHL All-Star game.
Turco is also active in the Dallas Stars ‘Stick with Reading’ program and is very active in the Dallas community. He has taken his job as a leader in the Stars organization above and beyond what is required of him and his tedious hard work on and off the ice may finally pay off with a Cup win this year.
Being a long time Stars fan, I have had the opportunity to watch Marty develop, and although at times I had little confidence in his abilities to lead the Stars to a Cup victory, I am now able to see that change in him. If ever there was a year for Marty Turco, this is it.