How Predators’ Kyle Turris became hero to special needs hockey team in Ottawa

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How Predators’ Kyle Turris became hero to special needs hockey team in Ottawa

February 7, 2018 8:01 pm

OTTAWA, ONTARIO –  Whenever Kyle Turris’ name appeared on Jim Perkins’ phone last fall, Perkins felt a rush of anxiety.

For months, Perkins dreaded the call that he received from Turris on the evening of Nov. 5. Turris’ career with the Ottawa Senators ended that night, the result of a three-team trade that landed the multi-talented center with the Predators.

Turris had kept Perkins informed of his situation, promising to call when it reached resolution. They had become as close as family through Turris’ commitment to theCapital City Condors, a hockey team for children and adults with special needs that Perkins and wife Shana founded in 2008.

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As an aspiring professional hockey player, one of the most challenging things that both the athlete and family face is selecting the right person to help guide us through the journey.  For our family, this proved to be very true.  We considered it very fortunate that John was introduced and came to work with Kurt.  Since we began working with Kurt and his staff, they have given us guidance and sound advice every step of the way.  Kurt’s unparalleled knowledge of the hockey world and professional demeanor gave us the utmost confidence that John’s career is being managed properly.  We can’t imagine anyone else filling the role that he does for our family.  Lastly, we highly recommend Kurt and KO Sports to any young athlete that has the dream of becoming a professional hockey player. 

— Jack and Sue Gibson

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