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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One of the greatest things about Kurt and all the people with KO is that they bring in guys like Barry Karn and all these different skating and skill people that come in and help us to develop. They care about us off the ice but they obviously have to care about us on the ice and they bring in people to work with us to help us be better and I think that’s special.

— Rocco Grimaldi

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