Goaltender Height: 6-3 Weight:
202 Shoots: Right Last Team: St. Louis League: NHL Birthdate: May 21, 1970 Home:Pisek, Czechoslovakia
Turek joined the Calgary Flames in a blockbuster draft day trade which featured Turek and a St. Louis 4th round pick arriving in Calgary for goaltender Fred Brathwaite, center Daniel Tkaczuk, winger Sergei Varlamov and a 9th round pick. Roman Turek signed a four year contract extension in November of 2001 that will make him a Calgary Flame through the 2004-05 season.
Roman Turek's nickname is "Large", a moniker that is very suited to the massive stopper. At 6'3" and well over 200 pounds, Turek uses his mass and positioning to let the puck hit him in making saves. He often drops to his knees but remains tall, covering much of the net with his shoulders and torso. His biggest weakness can be found in his inability to corral the puck and cover it at times, leaving him open for rebound goals.
At the age of 31 Roman Turek
is just entering his prime, as he didn't come over to
North American until well into his 20's. He has been a
number one goalie for two plus years (two years in St.
Louis, and now this season in Calgary), and is able to
handle 70 plus games of workload. Essentially, Turek is
fulfilling his potential right now.
NOTES2001 Highlights: Carried the St. Louis Blues to the conference finals against the eventual Stanley Cup champion Colorado Avalanche. In that series, Turek struggled along with many of his teammates, an event that led to his June 2001 departure to Calgary. Background: A veteran of international play, Turek has worn his Czech colors in many tournaments. Co-winner of the 1998 and 1999 Jennings Trophy for least goals against for a goaltending tandem. Turek was a 2nd team all star in the 1999 season, and played in his first all star game the same season.