Originally aired on the October 7th, 2007 broadcast of NY Hockey Talk on WGBB.
Former New York Islanders forward Pierre Turgeon reflected on his 19-year NHL career. He shared various aspects of his life and hockey journey. Turgeon began by mentioning his experience representing Canada in the 1982 Little League World Series at the age of 11.
Moving on to his NHL career, he discussed being drafted first overall by the Buffalo Sabres in 1987 and the learning curve he faced as a young player. Turgeon emphasized the importance of hard work, talent, and timing in sustaining his long tenure in the league. He spoke fondly of his time in Buffalo and the mentors who helped him adjust to the NHL. Growing up in a small town in Quebec and leaving home early to pursue hockey prepared him for life in the league. Turgeon acknowledged the pressure on high draft picks but focused on enjoying the game and taking it one step at a time.
He then talked about his trade to the New York Islanders, where he had some of his best years, leading the team to a memorable run in the conference finals. Turgeon expressed gratitude for the guidance he received from coaches, especially Al Arbour. Later, he fulfilled a dream by playing for the Montreal Canadiens and becoming their captain. After stints in St. Louis, Dallas, and Colorado, Turgeon plans to coach his daughter's team and considers potential opportunities in the league.
The interview provided a glimpse into Turgeon's remarkable hockey journey, the challenges he faced, and the impact of various individuals on his career.