|Choice for Best Dallas Star, Dallas Observer 2002-03
. . . He played great two-way hockey (offense and defense, for
those who don't follow this great game, and woe is you) and could still
dominate a game with his speed and strength. But in our minds, the man who
played the best hockey--when he was on the ice--was backup goalie Marty
Turco. Sure, being the backup goalie is like being the backup quarterback;
everyone loves you until you become No. 1. But Turco didn't just put up
great numbers (15-6-2, with a save percentage at .920 and a goals-against-average
of 2.09) against bad teams -- like so many backups do. He had wins against
Colorado, San Jose, Chicago, Phoenix and other playoff teams.
He gave the franchise hope for the future. And when Tom Hicks "suggested"
that Eddie Belfour be played down the stretch so that the team could make
the playoffs and make more money (oh, it must be true, you know in your
heart it must be true), Turco didn't bitch. He just bided his time until
the team told Belfour to puck off. The mark of a classy guy, one who should
help this team for years to come. Dallas