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Former Little League Baseball World Series Player Pierre Turgeon Reaches NHL Scoring Milestone

Pierre Turgeon

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (Nov. 10, 2005) – Pierre Turgeon, a member of the Rotary Little League team from Rouyn, Quebec, that represented Canada in the 1982 Little League Baseball World Series, recently became the 34th player in National Hockey League history to score 500 goals.

Mr. Turgeon, 36, in his first season with the Colorado Avalanche, was already considered an excellent professional hockey prospect as a 11-year-old, while on the baseball field he was a standout pitcher and shortstop. On Rotary Little League’s road to Williamsport, Mr. Turgeon compiled a 7-0 pitching record and hit a team-leading four home runs.

In that year’s World Series Tournament, Canada finished with a 1-2 record. Mr. Turgeon pitched a two-hitter with 10 strikeouts and no walks in Canada’s 3-0 victory over the Europe Region champion from Torrejon Air Force Base of Madrid, Spain. Later in the tournament, Canada lost, 10-7, to eventual World Series runner-up Pu-Tzu Town Little League representing Chinese Taipei, then was defeated, 7-4, by the Central Region champion Pinery Park Little League from Wyoming, Mich.

Mr. Turgeon finished the tournament with a 1-1 pitching record. At the plate, he went 5-for-9 with three doubles, five runs batted in, and three runs scored.

As a professional hockey player, Mr. Turgeon has played 18 NHL seasons with six teams. At age 18, he was the first player selected overall in the 1987 entry draft by the Buffalo Sabres and is a four-time all-star. In 1993, he was named the NHL’s Lady Byng Memorial Trophy recipient as the league’s most gentlemanly player.

Mr. Turgeon’s NHL career statistics with the Sabres, Montreal Canadiens, St. Louis Blues, Dallas Stars and Avalanche, include more than 1,200 games played, 788 assists and 1,288 points.

Stephane Matteau, a fellow NHL veteran, was a teammate of Mr. Turgeon’s on the Rotary Little League’s World Series team.


Pictured is the 1982 Canada Region champion Rotary Little League team from Rouyn, Quebec. Pierre Turgeon, pictured eighth from left in the back row, was a pitcher and shortstop on the team. Mr. Turgeon recently scored his 500th career National Hockey League goal. Also a member of the Rotary Little League team was fellow NHL veteran Stephane Matteau, pictured to Mr. Turgeon’s immediate left.

Pierre Turgeon was the first overall pick in the 1987 National Hockey League entry draft by the Buffalo Sabres. In his 18-year NHL career, the Rouyn, Quebec, Canada native and graduate of the Rotary Little League, has scored 500 goals and recorded 788 assists. Mr. Turgeon is a member of the NHL’s Colorado Avalanche. Credit this photo: Courtesy of Tim DeFrisco/DeFrisco Photography As a pitcher on the Rotary Little League team, which represented Canada in the 1982 Little League Baseball World Series, in Williamsport, Pa., Pierre Turgeon posted a 1-1 record for the Canada Region champions who placed fourth in the World Series Tournament. Mr. Turgeon also played shortstop and hit four home runs in International Tournament play.