Canadian centre Kyle Turris today announced he is stepping away from playing hockey, moving into a management role with the Coquitlam Express of the BCHL, putting an end to his fifteen year professional career, highlighted by a World Junior Championship Gold and World Championship Silver medal.
The third overall pick of the Phoenix Coyotes in the 2007 NHL Draft, Turris debuted in the NHL in 2008, joining the club full-time the following season. Turris would spend his first five pro seasons in the Coyotes organization, before being traded to the Ottawa Senators in 2011. Turris would spend parts of the next seven seasons in Ottawa, notching career highs in goals (24) and points (64) with the Sens. In 2017, Turris was again traded, this time to the Nashville Predators, where he would spend his next two and a half seasons, finally realizing playoff consistency for the first time in his career. However, a decline in production led to his waiving in 2020, where he was claimed by Edmonton, spending his final two pro seasons in his native Western Canada, but being held to just 50 games with the Oilers. Turris retires with 424 points in 776 career NHL games, along with another 32 points in 69 playoff games.
A native of New Westminster, British Columbia, Turris first debuted for Team Canada at the 2007 Under-18 Championships, making his World Junior debut with at the 2007 Super Series, the Canada-Russia junior series to mark the 35th anniversary of the 1972 Summit Series, notching eight points in eight games, and leading the tournament with seven goals. Turris would follow up this win with World Junior Gold in 2008, notching another eight points in just seven games. Turris would make his senior World Championship debut in 2014, the first of three (2014, 2018, 2019) appearances at the Worlds; he would captain Team Canada at his final tournament (and final Team Canada appearance), leading the team to Silver.
Over the course of his career, Turris captured the IHLC four times, with victories in 2007, 2008 and twice in 2014. We wish Kyle and his family the very best for his retirement and the things to come!