GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Detroit Red Wings on Monday signed center Dominic Turgeon to a one-year contract extension.
Turgeon, 24, tied for the AHL lead by playing in all 63 games for the Grand Rapids Griffins last season. He tied for fifth on Grand Rapids with 10 goals while contributing 23 points, a team-high two shorthanded goals, and a plus-seven rating that ranked second on the team. A renowned penalty killer, the 6-foot-2, 203-pound Turgeon incurred only four penalty minutes in 2019-20, matching the fewest ever in one season for a Griffin who appeared in at least 62 games (Axel Holmstrom, four PIM in 66 games in 2017-18).
Selected by Detroit in the third round, 63rd overall, of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, Turgeon has skated in nine games with the Red Wings since debuting in 2017-18, totaling two PIM. He became the 167th Griffins alumnus to play in the NHL when he debuted on Jan. 14, 2018 at Chicago.
Turgeon has recorded 93 points (36-57—93), a plus-28 rating and 74 PIM in 275 regular season games over four seasons (2016-20) with Grand Rapids. He shows five points (2-3—5), a plus-one rating and two PIM in 22 postseason tilts and helped the Griffins win the franchise’s second Calder Cup in 2017 as a rookie.
Born in Pointe-Claire, Quebec, Turgeon spent four full campaigns with the Portland Winterhawks in the Western Hockey League prior to turning pro. He accumulated 152 points (67-85—152) in 259 regular season games from 2011-16 before notching 18 points (10-8—18) in 45 career playoff games. He helped Portland win the league championship in 2012-13, his first season with the team. Captaining the Winterhawks in 2015-16, Turgeon led the team with career-high totals in goals (36) and points (70) in 72 appearances.
Dominic is the son of former NHL player Pierre Turgeon, who registered 1,327 points (515-812—1,327) in 1,294 career games with six different teams spanning 19 seasons (1987-2007).
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