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An Island Lake, IL native, Alex Turcotte didn't need to look far to find a local role model

by Austin Siegel /

There's no test at the 2019 NHL Combine for "narrative" or "storybook rating," but at least for the Blackhawks, Alex Turcotte would measure off the charts.

13 years after Chicago snagged Jonathan Toews with the third pick at the 2006 NHL Draft in Vancouver, the Draft is back in British Columbia and the team is back with the third pick. Turcotte would certainly appreciate the history if he becomes the Blackhawks selection in 2019. 

"Growing up in Chicago, [Toews] is definitely an idol of mine," he said. "Watching the Hawks all the way up, I would be lucky to be half as good as him."

Video: One-on-one: Alex Turcotte

A roommate of Jack Hughes with the United States National Team Development Program, Turcotte is headed to the University of Wisconsin in the fall, where he will look to sharpen his game at the NCAA level. A two points-per-game player with the USNTDP, Turcotte could have a chance to play alongside his childhood hero if things go his way on Draft night.

"I bring the same qualities as him, the compete and the 200-foot game," Turcotte said. "I want to be there and be similar to him one day,"


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