Val Turgeon – Learning Life & Hockey From NHL Dad

Photo Credit: Gil Talbot
Photo Credit: Gil Talbot

The following article appeared on www.thehockeywriters.com on Saturday, September 2, 2017 featuring Harvard sophomore, Val Turgeon.

By Nathaniel Oliver

There are not many young ladies who can say that their dad was a first overall draft pick in the NHL. There are also not many young ladies whose dad played in well over 1,000 games and scored even more points. More importantly, there are not many young ladies who are superb hockey players themselves, are well-spoken and have a good head on their shoulders, all the while being supported by loving parents. Valerie (Val) Turgeon fits all of the above.

The sophomore forward for the Harvard Crimson is a kindhearted young woman who imbues the hockey prowess and the personal character of her father. Looking to bring at least one national championship to Harvard (and maybe a few Beanpots too), Turgeon shared her thoughts on her own hockey career, and what her father has meant to it.

Turgeon’s father Pierre played 19 years in the National Hockey League. He was the first overall selection of 1987 NHL draft and was taken by the Buffalo Sabres. Across the seasons that he played, the elder Turgeon would amass 1,327 points – a feat he accomplished in 1,294 games. Turgeon also became the 34th player in NHL history to reach the 500-goal plateau. He would finish his career with a total of 515.

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