Dallas Stars President Brad Alberts announced today that the club has named Marty Turco as the President and Chairman of the Board of the Dallas Stars Foundation.
"Marty has proven through his tireless and selfless work with nonprofits in the North Texas area that he is the ideal person to lead the Dallas Stars Foundation moving forward," Alberts said. "Since arriving in Dallas as a young hockey player, he has cemented himself as one of the most involved Metroplex athletes of his generation. He has given his time to countless charitable causes and community initiatives for nearly two decades. Marty brings a unique perspective to this role as someone who has participated in nonprofit work as both a professional athlete and a community member. His relentless approach to always looking for ways to improve the lives of individuals in the Dallas/Fort Worth area make him an invaluable resource for our organization."
Turco will also serve as Special Assistant to the President. In this role, he will continue to support the Dallas Stars ticket sales and corporate sponsorship departments by fostering new business and strengthening the club's existing relationships as a liaison to the business community.
"I am excited to work on a day-to-day basis with our Foundation staff, Foundation Stars volunteers and the rest of the Stars organization as we work to continue the Dallas Stars Foundation's legacy of positive impact in North Texas," Turco said. "The Foundation has been a major part of my life for many years and I'm excited to take on this tremendous opportunity. My family has made our home in the Metroplex and we feel a tremendous amount of gratitude for the support that this community has afforded us since moving to Texas."
For the last two years, Turco has served as CEO of C5 Youth Foundation of Texas, a nonprofit offering youth intensive leadership experiences and year-round leadership development programs, signature summer activities, and community action to help prepare young adults for continuing education as part of their career development. In his role with the organization, he spearheaded fundraising efforts and charitable events, identified and recruited community leaders to serve on the board of directors and oversaw the programs that helped hundreds of young leaders graduate high school and college.
Turco, 42, earned a 275-167-66 record and 41 shutouts in 543 career NHL appearances over 11 NHL seasons with Dallas, Boston and Chicago. The netminder was originally selected by Dallas in the fifth round (124th overall) of the 1994 NHL Draft. Turco spent his first nine NHL seasons with the Stars, posting a 262-154-63 record in 509 games and tallied 40 shutouts. Among franchise goaltenders, he ranks first in career wins (262), games played (509) and shutouts (40). Turco was named to the NHL All-Star Game on three occasions (2003, 2004, 2007) and represented Team Canada at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy.
The native of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. spent four seasons playing college hockey at the University of Michigan, where he led the Wolverines to two NCAA men's hockey national championships (1996, 1998) and four Frozen Four appearances. Turco holds the NCAA men hockey's record for most career wins by a goaltender (127) and the school record for shutouts (15) and wins in a season (34). Overall, he amassed a 127-28-7 record with the Wolverines in 165 appearances. Turco was recently inducted into University of Michigan Athletics Hall of Honor, which was established in 1978 to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions as athletes, coaches and administrators to the tradition of Wolverine athletics and, in doing so, have enhanced the image and reputation of the University of Michigan.
Turco lives in University Park with his wife Kelly, and children Hailey (16), Katelyn (14) and Finley (9).