Through his first two seasons, which coincide with the program’s inception in 2010, Turgeon has tallied 48 goals and 32 assists for 80 points in 76 career games. His totals in goals and points are good for tops in franchise history, while he is 5 assists away from leading in that category as well. Playmaking line mate Petey Wydler currently holds that record, but will be heading off to college in the Fall. Last season Turgeon took on additional responsibilities within the organization as he was named captain of the organization’s top team in the Empire Junior Hockey League. Turgeon also added a 2011-12 selection for the Empire League All Star game to his list of accomplishments. “When we made the decision as a family to allow Andrew to play junior hockey his mother and I were not convinced that he was ready for that level of play;” commented Andrew’s father, Kenny Turgeon. “Though the first season started out rough for both Andrew and the team, lot’s of posts and crossbars, Coach RJ (Zeigler) remained positive and encouraging, instilling confidence while building a team. I am very proud of Andrew and his accomplishments and feel that Coach RJ (Zeigler) was instrumental in bringing out the best in Andrew. Playing for the Patriots has been a rewarding experience due mostly to RJ’s dedication and passion for hockey, his teams, and his players”
Several players in addition to Turgeon that were brought in that first season to help build a program will remain for one more season. Defensemen James Vuillemot and John Rempe as well as goaltender Alec Yutzler will play their third season for the Patriots this year; this time in the prestigious EJHL South. “I’ve played in another junior program before coming to the Pats. You have no idea what the difference is until you play here. We’ve all said it before, but it’s a family, it really is. This program has done so much for me; I cannot even begin to fully explain it;” remarked defenseman John Rempe.
So as the Potomac Patriots prepare to embark on their first season in the EJHL South, they do so with a high level of confidence knowing that players like Andrew Turgeon will be in the line up. “The complete package;” remarked GM and Coach RJ Zeigler when asked to describe Turgeon. “Yes, he is incredibly skilled and we are a more talented squad with him out there. However, the young man is the type of kid you want to build a team around not just because of what he is capable of on the ice, but what he brings to the table as a teammate, and as a role model for the younger players. That is what I saw in him in 2010, and that is what I tried to help develop in him these past couple seasons. He’s a leader; and he will be in life after hockey.”
“I’ve had opportunities to play other places or head off to school, but I love playing here. This is where I want to be for my last season of junior hockey. This is where I belong;” commented Turgeon. The Potomac Patriots will head to Boston July 19th for the Chowder Cup. Sniper Andrew Turgeon will once again daunt the “C” both on and off the ice.