Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Joe Turner
Goaltender Joe Turner was a career minor leaguer whose NHL opportunity was the result of an injury that left the Detroit Red Wings without a netminder. Turner, who was born in Windsor, Ontario, spent three of his first four seasons playing in his hometown then began a nomadic stretch that saw him guard the crease for seven different clubs over the next five campaigns which led to his NHL debut.

Turner was enjoying a stellar year with the Indianapolis Capitols of the American Hockey League in 1941-42 when he got the call from Detroit. His 34 victories with the Capitols led the entire AHL that year but he was unable to post a victory for the Red Wings.

With Red Wing goalie Johnny Mowers hurt, they brought in Turner to face the Toronto Maple Leafs on February 5th, 1942. Turner was only beaten three times during the game and was unbeatable during overtime to preserve the tie for Detroit.

Turner's career appeared to be on an upswing after his very successful 1941-42 campaign, but World War II interrupted his ascent. Turner left his goalie gear behind and served his country starting in 1942. Three years later while serving with the U.S. Marine Corps in Holland Joe Turner was killed in action.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1933-34 Toronto Canoe Club OHA-Jr. 9 0 2.72 2 0 6.50
1934-35 Windsor Motors MOHL 3 0 2 1 0 4.11
1935-36 Windsor Motors MOHL
1936-37 Windsor Bulldogs MOHL 26 0 3.50 5 1 2 2 0 2.60
1937-38 Stratford Midgets OHA-Jr. 14 0 2.36 7 2 3 2 1 3.28
1938-39 Guelph Indians OHA-Jr. 14 2 2.71 2 0 3.50
1939-40 Detroit Holzbaugh MOHL 36 27 3 6 6 2.11 8 2 2.50
1939-40 Windsor Chryslers MOHL 1 1 0 0 0 1.00
1939-40 London Mohawks OHA-Sr. 1 0 1 0 0 4.00
1940-41 Detroit Holzbaugh MOHL 27 13 10 4 1 3.11 7 4 3 0 0 3.57
1941-42 Indianapolis Capitols AHL 52 34 10 7 4 2.44 10 7 3 0 0 3.24
1941-42 Detroit Red Wings NHL 1 0 0 1 0 2.57
1942-43
1943-44
1944-45
NHL Totals 1 0 0 1 0 2.57


AHL First All-Star Team (1942) Promoted to Detroit from Indianapolis (AHL) to replace injured Johnny Mowers, February 5, 1942. (Toronto 3, Detroit 3).
Killed in action in Holland while serving with U.S. Marine Corps., January 12, 1945.
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