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Where are they now? Turner Stevenson
MONTREAL | July 11th, 2012
Where are they now? Turner Stevenson
The Canadiens didn’t pile up 100 years of history without the blood, sweat and tears of the over 750 players to have ever worn the uniform. From the likes of Donald Audette to Zarley Zalapski, there are former Habs scattered all over the world. Although many hardcore Canadiens fans can rattle off the career accomplishments of hundreds of their old heroes, the question remains: what are these guys up to today? On the hot seat today: Turner Stevenson.

Where do you live now?
I live in Seattle now. I played Junior here and this is where I met my wife.

What are you doing now?
Up until Christmas last year, I was an assistant coach with the Wenatchee Wild of the NAHL. I was responsible for the team’s on-ice and off-ice conditioning and training. Before that, I was an assistant coach with the Seattle Thunderbirds of the Western Hockey League. Getting into coaching was something that I started thinking about when I was playing in New Jersey. Being around good teachers of the game like Larry Robinson and Slava Fetisov got me interested.

How many times per year do you lace up the skates?
When you’re into coaching, you lace up the skates really often!

Are you still in touch with any former teammates?
I still talk to Saku Koivu at least once or twice a month. I also talk to Mark Reechi, Brian Savage, Craig Rivet and Scott Thornton all the time.

How many Canadiens games do you watch per year?
A lot. I like watching many NHL games because when I was coaching, I could show some different examples on video for the kids to teach them what to do.

When was the last time you were in Montreal to watch a game?
Wow, I haven’t been in Montreal since my last year in the NHL in 2006 when I was playing for the Flyers. I was scheduled to go to the Centennial game in 2009 but since I was coaching I was unable to attend. I miss that city. It’s a great place to play.

Who is your favorite player on the current roster?
Scott Gomez is a really good friend of mine. We became really close when we were in New Jersey together.

Is there a game in particular from your career with the Canadiens that stands out the most?
I don’t know if there’s just one game, but the game I remember the most was when we closed the Forum down in 1996. It was similar to when the New York Yankees left the old Yankee Stadium. All of us on the team back then were in awe. It was a great night with all the legends there. It was easy to deal with the extra pressure to win that game because in Montreal, you even have pressure to win your exhibition games!

What is your favorite piece of Canadiens memorabilia that you own?
All of us who were on that team for the last game at the Forum received original seats from the building. At the end of the year, they gave my wife and I the two seats we had used for every game. I still have those in my office.