THEN: The No. 1 Junior A player, and one of the top-rated Canadians, for the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, Turris showed why in the first-ever World Junior A Challenge game in Yorkton, Sask., scoring four times in a 6-2 win over Russia, setting a single-game record that has yet to be matched. The Burnaby Express stand-out finished with multiple points in every game, picking up a goal and two assists against Belarus, two helpers against Slovakia and two more in the gold medal game victory over Canada East en route to the first World Junior A Challenge MVP award and a berth on the tournament all-star team. His 11 points still stand as the tournament record (co-held with Mike Connolly, who had 11 for Canada West in 2007).
NOW: Turris returned to Burnaby to close out his final Junior A season, scoring his 50th goal in his 39th game and finishing the season with 121 points (66G, 55A), second to current Toronto Maple Leafs centre Tyler Bozak. He was the highest Canadian selected in the 2007 draft, going third to the Phoenix Coyotes, and joined the NHL team after his freshman season with the University of Wisconsin, but not before helping Canada win gold at the 2008 IIHF World Junior Championship. Turris recorded 47 points (19G, 27A) in 137 games with the Coyotes before being traded to the Ottawa Senators midway through the 2011-12 season. He had 12 goals and 29 points in 49 games in the nation’s capital before scoring once – the overtime winner in Game 4 – in the Senators’ opening-round playoff loss to the New York Rangers.
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