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Dan Turple
 
Jersey Number: #38
Junior Experience: 3 Years
Date of Birth: Jan 1st, 1985
Height: 6'06"
Weight: 220lbs
NHL Status: 6th rnd Atl 2004
How Acquired: Trade w/ Oshawa
Hometown: Hamilton
 
It's hard to get noticed when your that big, some would say, but at the beginning of the 2003-'04 season, most were ignoring a rather awkwardly tall looking kid named Turple out of Kingston.  One huge trade changed all of that, as the Kingston Frontenacs in desperation dealt Turple to the Oshawa Generals in exchange for Chris Beckford-Tseu along with a 2 skaters swapping sides in what was easily the biggest trade of the season.  For the Generals the deal was more of a gift, and the Frontenacs with their old-school attitudes towards experienced netminder, it was the closest thing to a disaster.  The scales started tipping in favour of the Generals early in the new year and didn't stop right through the end of the season.  The once bottom feeding Oshawa Generals, made a steady climb into the playoffs and nearly took 5th seed in the conference away from the Kingston Frontenacs, most of this coming with the team loading up on to the back of the big guy Turple.

Late in the season the Generals showed up in Kitchener and while on national television Dan Turple stole the show, he notched first star in a 3-2 road victory in Kitchener.  Turple's heroics continued in the playoffs where the Generals drew the eventual Eastern champion: Mississauga IceDogs in the opening round.  The Generals and Turple hardly made things easy for the heavily-favoured IceDogs, Turple's playoff haul included a shutout and an overtime victory to prolong the series in game #6, it wasn't enough as the IceDogs prevailed in 7 games.

He's probably the only 6'6" player in the OHL to have a 6'6" defender looking out for him.  Turple is relatively mild-mannered in his crease when intruders crowd his space, his weakness could be his puck handling abilities and speed in getting behind the net.  His dominant play inside the crease more than makes up for those shortcomings.  He covers his angles well, and for a big guys moves, and scrambles well.  Often times he forces shots wide as opposed to stopping them just by taking up such a big portion of the net.

Turple started the season with the Generals, but their desire to showcase and trade fellow 19-year-old Ryan Gibb ultimately hurt Turple's confidence and led to his trade to the Rangers.  But that did not come without a price.  The Rangers had to cough up their own number one goalie: Carlo DiRienzo who had one extra year left of junior eligability and 2nd year Rangers' defender: Devereaux Heshmatpour.  The Generals did not want to part with their prized netminder until the Rangers' upped the ante to a point where their offer could no longer be ignored.

Turple has 4 career regular season shutouts to go along with a lone playoff shutout in 7 starts.  His 20-7-3 record and .922 GAA with the Oshawa Generals were the primary reason that the Atlanta Thrashers drafted him in the 6th round of the 2004 NHL draft.


Season
GP
Mins
GA
SO
AVG
W
L
T
SA
Svs
Sv%
2002-2003 Kingston Frontenacs
12
449
42
0
5.61
2
8
0
309
267
.864
2003-2004 Kingston Frontenacs
9
534
29
0
3.26
4
4
1
258
229
.888
2003-2004 Oshawa Generals
35
1843
81
2
2.64
20
7
3
1035
954
.922
2004-2005 Oshawa Generals
10
469
29
0
3.71
4
4
0
226
197
.872
2004-2005 Kitchener Rangers
35
2030
82
2
2.42
14
14
5
1067
985
.923
Career Totals
101
5325
263
4
2.96
44
37
9
2895
2632
.909