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Roman Turek
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Born May 21, 1970 (1970-05-21) (age 49)
Strakonice, Czechoslovakia
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight 220 lb (100 kg; 15 st 10 lb)
Position Goaltender
Caught Right
Played for HC České Budějovice
Nürnberg Ice Tigers
Dallas Stars
St. Louis Blues
Calgary Flames
National team Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Czechoslovakia 
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Czech Republic
NHL Draft 113th overall, 1990
Minnesota North Stars
Playing career 1988–2010
Medal record
Representing  Czechoslovakia
Men's ice hockey
European Junior Championships
Gold 1988 Czechoslovakia
World Junior Championships
Bronze 1989 United States
Bronze 1990 Finland
Representing  Czech Republic
World Championships
Gold 1996 Austria

Roman Turek (born May 21, 1970) is a Czech former professional ice hockey goaltender who played for the Dallas Stars, St. Louis Blues and Calgary Flames in a nine-year National Hockey League (NHL) career. He last played in the Czech Extraliga for HC České Budějovice.

Playing career

Drafted 113th overall by the Minnesota North Stars in the 1990 NHL Entry Draft, Turek moved with the franchise to Dallas, where he initially played as the third-string goaltender behind Andy Moog and Artūrs Irbe before serving as the backup to Ed Belfour. He won a Stanley Cup in this role in 1999. Despite his backup role, he achieved international glory with the Czech Republic national team, backstopping them to a gold medal at the 1996 World Championships. In this year, he also played in Germany for the Nürnberg Ice Tigers.

The Stars, fearing they would lose Turek to the Atlanta Thrashers in the upcoming expansion draft, traded him to the St. Louis Blues in the 1999 off-season, and finally got his chance to shine as he topped the league with seven shutouts and won the William M. Jennings Trophy in his first season. He helped the Blues to the Presidents' Trophy that year and the Blues entered the playoffs with high expectations. However, St. Louis was eliminated in seven games by the eighth-seeded San Jose Sharks, with some aggravated Blues fans pinning responsibility on Turek because of some soft goals he allowed, including one in Game 7 that was fired from centre ice by Sharks captain Owen Nolan. However, he played a second season with the Blues while being challenged for the starting position by backup Brent Johnson. He put up good numbers again, this time helping the Blues reach the playoffs as the fourth seed, where they again faced the Sharks in the first round. This time, Turek helped the Blues eliminate the Sharks in six games and then helped them sweep the Dallas Stars, his former team, in the second round. However, in the third round against the Colorado Avalanche, soft goals plagued him again (including one scored after an attempt to scoop the puck into his glove with his stick) and again in some fan circles bore the brunt of the blame for the Blues' third round 4–1 ouster. In the off-season, Turek was traded to the Calgary Flames.

In the 2003–04 season, Roman's status as the Flames' starting goaltender was altered drastically when Darryl Sutter traded a conditional draft pick for Miikka Kiprusoff, whose stellar performances relegated Turek to the bench. However, Turek was a dependable backup, as Kiprusoff led the Flames to the 2004 Stanley Cup Final against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

In 2004, Turek restructured his contract to substantially drop his salary from $5 million plus bonuses for the 2004–05 and 2005–06 seasons. The restructuring brought his salary to between $1 million and $2 million, with potential earnings relying heavily on performance bonuses. The restructuring saved the Calgary Flames organization between $3 million and $4 million in the 2004–05 season.

Turek announced his retirement from the NHL on August 9, 2005.

Career statistics

Regular season

   
Season Team League GP W L T MIN GA SO GAA
1996-97 Dallas Stars NHL 6 3 1 0 263 9 0 2.05
1997-98 Dallas Stars NHL 23 11 10 1 1323 49 1 2.22
1998-99 Dallas Stars NHL 26 16 3 3 1381 48 1 2.08
1999-00 St. Louis Blues NHL 67 42 15 9 3960 129 7 1.95
2000-01 St. Louis Blues NHL 54 24 18 10 3232 123 6 2.28
2001-02 Calgary Flames NHL 69 30 28 11 4081 172 5 2.53
2002-03 Calgary Flames NHL 65 27 29 9 3821 164 4 2.57
2003-04 Calgary Flames NHL 18 6 11 0 1301 40 3 2.33
NHL Career Totals 328 159 115 43 19094 734 27 2.31

Post-season

   
Season Team League GP W L T MIN GA SO GAA
1999-00 St. Louis Blues NHL 7 3 4 0 414 19 0 2.75
2000-01 St. Louis Blues NHL 14 9 5 0 908 31 0 2.05
2003-04 Calgary Flames NHL 1 0 0 0 19 0 0 0.00
NHL Career Totals 22 12 9 0 1342 50 0 2.23

Awards

International play


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