Date of Birth:  August 13, 1975
 Place of Birth: Sault Ste. Marie, ON
 Residence: N/A
 Years on National Team:
 N/A
 Height:  5'11''
 Weight: 183 lbs

While most Canadian hockey players choose to play junior hockey in Canada, a growing number have been opting for the quickly improving USA collegiate ranks as an alternative. Dallas Stars and Team Canada goalie Marty Turco is one of the success stories of this growing trend.

Although Turco was drafted by Dallas in the fifth-round of the 1994 draft, the athletic backstop chose to attend the University of Michigan instead, where he was an instant hit, being named the CCHA's Rookie of the Year after his freshman season with the Wolverines. More success continued the following years as Turco was named to the NCAA All-Tournament Team in 1995-96. A year later, he was selected to the NCAA West First All-American Team, before being named the Tournament MVP at the NCAA Championships in 1997-98.

Two years in the IHL, playing for the Michigan K-Wings, followed his college career, where Turco was named the league's Rookie of the Year his first season in 1998-99.

By 2000-01, it was finally time for Turco to step up to the NHL with Dallas, where he enjoyed two seasons as future Hall of Famer Ed Belfour's understudy. In his second season with the Stars, his .925 save percentage in 26 games, coupled with Belfour's great numbers, allowed the tandem to share the Roger Crozier award for best cumulative save percentage.

Turco was so solid once again in 2001-02 that team management felt confident in their decision to turn over the number one job to the youngster as Belfour moved on to Toronto as a free agent prior to the 2002-03 season. In his first year as the number one guy, Turco put up huge numbers, winning 31 games against 10 losses, with 10 ties. He also had a sizzling .932 save percentage, which, when combined with reserve Ron Tugnutt's excellent statistics, earned Turco a second Crozier award.

Another solid year in 2003-04, coupled with excellent play in the early part of 2005-06, were enough to convince the national team that Turco deserved the nod to make the trip to Turin.




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