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Darren Turcotte

Darren Turcotte scored 411 points in 635 career NHL games. (THN Archives)

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Darren Turcotte scored 411 points in 635 career NHL games. (THN Archives)

Status: NHL center from 1988 to 2000 with the New York Rangers, Hartford, Winnipeg, San Jose, St. Louis and Nashville. Scored 195 goals in 635 games.

Ht: 6-foot Wt: 190 pounds

DOB
: March 2, 1968 In: Boston

Hockey Inspirations
: "My inspiration was that I loved playing and being around the rink. To be given an opportunity to play a game that you love and to be paid for it made a remarkable experience."

First Hockey Memory: "Playing on a novice team with kids who were a lot older and bigger than I was."

Nicknames:
"Turk."

Hobbies/Leisure Activities: "I have always enjoyed golf and, more recently, enjoy getting out on the lake to do some fishing."

Favorite Movies:
"Alcatraz, The Green Mile are intriguing to me. I love anything to do with Alcatraz."

Last Book Read: "The Talent Code is a book that many parents should read. Talent isn't born, it is made!"

Musical Tastes:
"I enjoy country music so playing in Nashville was a bonus. Made a lot of friends in the country music industry while down there."

Favorite TV Shows:
"For some reason I enjoy watching most of the reality shows, but not necessarily the ones on MTV."

First Job: "I was happy to deliver the Globe and Mail as my first job. It was about five miles of biking to deliver 15 papers."

Current Car: "Nissan Sentra."

Favorite Meal: "I would have to say steak and potatoes on the barbecue."

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor:
"Ben and Jerry's Chunky Monkey."

Greatest Sports Moment: "I had the opportunity to play my first game at the old Chicago Stadium (in 1988). I had goose bumps during the national anthem. I also played in the All-Star Game in Chicago during the Gulf War and the electricity during the national anthem is something that I will never forget."

Most Painful Moment: "Slashed with no glove on while sitting on the bench by Al MacInnis, who was a teammate of mine. I was having my skates sharpened and went to open the door when Al was trying to break his stick over the boards. Neither of us finished the game (smiles)."

Favorite Uniforms:
"New York Rangers. Simple and nostalgic."

Favorite Arena(s) To Play: "I loved playing at Madison Square Garden while I was a Ranger. On the road, Toronto and Montreal, due to the history of those buildings as well as family and friends in the crowd."

Closest NHL Friends: "Kris King, Paul Broten and Joey Kocur. All with the New York Rangers."

Funniest Players Encountered: "Lindy Ruff, by far. He had something up his sleeve - all the time."

Toughest Competitors Encountered: "Scott Stevens and Darius Kasparaitis. I just had to learn to skate faster than they did."

Most Memorable Goal:
"My first NHL goal against Sean Burke."

Funny Hockey Memory: "Paul Broten explaining to Benoit Hogue that he made the wrong decision when negotiating his contract, after being offered $160,000 or a nose full of quarters."

Strangest Game: "While with the Rangers we came back from five goals down in the third period in Washington."

Favorite Sport Outside Hockey:
"Golf."

Personality Qualities Most Admired:
"I am honest and work hard at what I do - no matter what the situation."

Mark 'Scoop' Malinowski is the author of "Heavyweight Armageddon: The Tyson-Lewis Championship Battle" and creator of two websites: www.thebiofile.com  and www.Tennis-prose.com.

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