2. Marty Turco (2000-2010)
There is an argument for Marty Turco to have the top spot on our “All-Time Stars” list of goalies. Turco’s span of 509 games over 9 seasons is tops among all Minnesota North Stars and Dallas Stars goalies.
The Dallas Stars selected Turco in the 5th round of the 1994 entry draft. The Ontario native burst onto the scene at the age of 25, achieving a .925 SV% and 1.90 GAA in 26 appearances. Turco earned Calder Trophy finalist honors and cemented himself as the Stars franchise net-minder.
Marty Turco ascended to stardom in 2002-03 with a league-leading .932 SV% and 1.73 GAA. His performance was also instrumental to the Stars 2003 playoff run.
If there was any damper on Turco’s career, it is that the Dallas Stars consistently flopped in the playoffs. He won 41 games during the 2005-06 season, but Dallas was upset by Colorado in the Western Conference quarterfinals. Turco’s 32 wins during the 2007-08 regular season also propelled the Stars to the playoffs. However, Dallas lost to the Detroit Red Wings in the 2008 Western Conference finals.
Marty Turco is special to many fans because his era overlapped with the time many of us became Stars diehards. Turco is also only one of two Dallas Stars to appear on the cover of a video game.