Kyle Turris Retires After 776 NHL Game Career, Joins BCHL Team in Front Office Role

BURNABY, BC -Kyle Turris is taking his talents to the front office for next season.

In a surprising bit of news, the BCHL’s Coquitlam Express unveiled a new hiring on Wednesday evening, announcing that former NHL forward Kyle Turris would be joining their front office as a special advisor to the GM while also serving as a development coach for the club.

The Express confirmed that Turris retired in the off-season.

“I am really excited to have Kyle joining the team on the management side of things and with the players,” said Express chief operating officer and GM Tali Campbell in a statement on Wednesday.

“Anytime you can get your Alumni involved at any level is great but for someone like Kyle to jump on board in this big way, is fantastic and will help us to grow our program and bring the Fred Page Cup back to Coquitlam.”

Turris last suited up for the Edmonton Oilers in the 2021-22 season, appearing in 23 games while racking up one goal and three assists for four points while logging a little over eight minutes in nightly ice time. A veteran of 776 games, Turris was once a useful top-six centre at the height of his powers, scoring 168 career goals and 257 assists for 425 points while playing for the Oilers, Arizona Coyotes, Ottawa Senators, and Nashville Predators.

Currently a free agent, it’s unclear as to whether the 33-year-old is indeed stepping away from the NHL for good now that he’s set to join the Express for this coming season. But after being bought out by the Predators in 2020 and spending the past two seasons on the fringe of the Oilers’ lineup, Turris seems to be putting the gears in motion for what his career will look like after hanging up the skates.

“The Express organization played a key role in my personal and professional growth,” said Turris in a statement following the announcement.

“I am excited about having the opportunity to work with Tali and Patrick as they help each player develop individually, while pursuing the Fred Page Cup as a team.”

Bellemare, Larkin and Turris Nominated for King Clancy Memorial Trophy

NEW YORK, NY – The National Hockey League today announced the 31 team nominees for the 2020-21 King Clancy Memorial Trophy, which is presented “to the player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community.”

The nominees were selected by their respective NHL teams. The winner will be chosen by a committee of senior NHL executives led by Commissioner Gary Bettman and Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly. The selection committee will apply the following criteria in determining the finalists and winner:

* Clear and measurable positive impact on the community
* Investment of time and resources
* Commitment to a particular cause or community
* Commitment to the League’s community initiatives
* Creativity of programming
* Use of influence; engagement of others

Edmonton Oilers sign center Kyle Turris to two-year contract

EDMONTON, AB – The Edmonton Oilers have made their first splash in the free agency market by signing center Kyle Turris to a two-year contract.

The contract is reported to pay Turris, who was bought out by the Nashville Predators last week, an AAV of $1.65-million. The 31-year-old right-shot is a native of New Westminster, B.C. and has played in 12 NHL seasons with the Phoenix Coyotes, Ottawa Senators and Nashville Predators.

Predators’ Kyle Turris feels like he’s part of ‘something special’

NASHVILLE, TN – Kyle Turris was around 15 years old when he had “the talk” with his father.

The Predators center was nervous. He wasn’t sure how his dad would receive the news that his son was abandoning lacrosse in favor of hockey.

Turris’ trepidation is understandable considering his dad, Bruce Turris, is a member of the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame.

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

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 the Capital City Condors, a hockey team for children and adults with special needs that Perkins and wife Shana founded in 2008.

Predators Still On Fire After Addition of Kyle Turris

NASHVILLE, TN – In hockey, a great idea on paper doesn’t always work out on the ice.

Brett Hull and Wayne Gretzky didn’t set the NHL on fire during their brief run together with the Blues. The days of Paul Kariya and Teemu Selanne in Colorado are best forgotten (and many people have done just that). Peter Forsberg and the Predators mixed like water and oil.

So, there was always the risk that the Kyle Turris trade wouldn’t work out for Nashville. Instead, it’s been a smash success beyond just about anyone’s expectations. Even GM David Poile would probably admit that he didn’t expect this sort of boost.