Former Ottawa Senators forward Kyle Turris chose to hang up his skates and accept a job with the Coquitlam Express of the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) on Thursday.
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The 34-year-old center was an unrestricted free agent who no longer seemed to be part of the plans with the Edmonton Oilers.
Turris didn’t quite reach the potential associated with being selected third overall in the 2007 draft by the Phoenix Coyotes, but he still had a fine career of 14 seasons, 776 games and 425 points.
His best moments were with the Senators, when he was acquired by the Ontario team in 2011. He spent six full seasons in Ottawa, amassing 274 points in 407 games. He set a career-high in 2014-15 with 64 points.
His offensive production, however, declined during his stint with the Nashville Predators and then with the Oilers. With the latter, he has accumulated only nine points in 50 games spread over two campaigns. It was not used in the last playoffs.
With the Express, Turris will serve as a special advisor and player development coach. He was a member of this formation from 2005 to 2007, while it was playing in Burnaby.
“The organization of the Express has played a key role in my progress, both personally and professionally. I am excited to have the chance to work with [le chef des opérations et directeur général] Tali [Campbell] and [l’entraîneur] patrick [Sexton] as well as helping each player develop individually as the team strives to win the Fred Page Cup,” Turris said in a team statement Thursday.