Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Bob Turner
Defenseman Bob Turner showed impeccable timing in his NHL career, joining the Montreal Canadiens just in time to be part of an unprecedented five-in-a-row Stanley Cup run of the 1950's. He then left the Canadiens organization and joined the Chicago Black Hawks the year they held the title of defending Cup Champions in 1961.

Turner played his Junior hockey in his hometown of Regina Saskatchewan and then apprenticed for a year in the Quebec League before making his big league debut with the Les Canadiens during the 1955-56 season.

Turner suited up for 33 contests that first year and kept getting into more game action the next three years. His most successful season on a personal level came in 1958-59 when he scored 4 goals and 24 assists for 28 points, a total that is by far his career best.

In June of 1961, with Stanley Cup rings that could fill one of his hands and five All-Star Game appearances as the defending champion, Bob Turner was traded to the Chicago Black Hawks in exchange for Fred Hilts.

During his first year in the Windy City Turner enjoyed his most successful season in terms of goal scoring. The defenseman fired home 8 goals, twice as many as his previous best and managed 10 points, good for his second highest point total. That spring in the playoffs Turner scored his only post-season goal, but the spring held another surprise - he didn't win the Stanley Cup. Turner played one more season with the Black Hawks before the club assigned him to the minor leagues for the 1963-64 campaign.

After one year in the American League Turner took his last lap around the rink and announced his retirement.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1951-52 Regina Pats WCJHL 31 2 10 12 40 6 0 1 1 4
1952-53 Regina Pats WCJHL 33 10 4 14 90 7 0 2 2 16
1952-53 Regina Capitals SSHL 2 0 1 1 0
1952-53 Regina Capitals Al-Cup 12 1 0 1 19
1953-54 Regina Pats WCJHL 36 15 14 29 55 16 1 5 6 48
1954-55 Shawinigan Cataracts QHL 61 4 14 18 98 13 0 2 2 4
1954-55 Shawinigan Cataractes Ed-Cup 7 0 1 1 24
1955-56 Montreal Canadiens NHL 33 1 4 5 35 10 0 1 1 10
1955-56 Shawinigan Cataracts QHL 37 6 12 18 55
1956-57 Montreal Canadiens NHL 58 1 4 5 48 6 0 1 1 0
1956-57 Rochester Americans AHL 8 0 2 2 4
1957-58 Montreal Canadiens NHL 66 0 3 3 30 10 0 0 0 2
1958-59 Montreal Canadiens NHL 68 4 24 28 66 11 0 2 2 20
1959-60 Montreal Canadiens NHL 54 0 9 9 40 8 0 0 0 0
1960-61 Montreal Canadiens NHL 60 2 2 4 16 5 0 0 0 0
1961-62 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 69 8 2 10 52 12 1 0 1 6
1962-63 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 70 3 3 6 20 6 0 0 0 6
1963-64 Buffalo Bisons AHL 68 6 15 21 84
NHL Totals 478 19 51 70 307 68 1 4 5 44


WCJHL First All-Star Team (1954) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961) Traded to Chicago by Montreal for Fred Hilts, June, 1961. Traded to Los Angeles (WHL) by Chicago for cash, August 6, 1964.
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