ROBERT GEORGE "BOB" TURNER


31 January 1934 – 20 December 2005




Professional Hockey Player: A native of Regina, Saskatchewan, Bob started his hockey with the Regina Pats of the old Western Hockey League. Pats at that time where a Montreal Canadien Farm Team, therefore Bob was their property. Turner played for the Regina Pats from 1951 to 1954 as a defenceman. Played 101 junior games with 27 goals and 29 assists, 30 play-off games with one goal and nine assists. Was added to the Senior Regina Capitals during the 1952-53 season for the Senior Allan Cup play-offs. Canadiens sent him to the minors for his first pro season with the Shawinigan-Falls Cataracts, winning the Edinburgh Trophy (1954-1955).



The next year joined the Montreal Canadiens just in time for five straight Stanley Cup victories between 1955-1960.







Bob often paired as a stay-home defenceman with free wheeling Hall of Famer, defenceman Doug Harvey. Bob Turner was traded to Chicago Blackhawks, the reigning Stanly Cup champions in 1961. Played two seasons with them and one with American Hockey League's Buffalo Bisons before retiring in 1964.


After retirement, worked with Molson Brewery and later at Real Estate. Coached the Regina Pats Junior Hockey Team from 1965-1969, 1970-1971 and 1972-1977. Took time off to scout for the Oakland Seals, 1969-1970 and 1971-1972.


I (Ron C. Johnston) was honoured to be his assistand during the time he coached the Regina Pats. Twice we made it to the Memorial Cup (Highest honors in Canada for Junior Hockey). In 1969 played against the Montreal Canadien Juniors. A strong team, beating us in four straight games.


In 1974 winning the Memorial Cup. I have many fond memories of Bob. One being our first western road trip. We were going through the Rodgers Pass, just starting to go down the steepest decline. Bob was sitting in front of me, next to the bus door. I noticed he was holding on to the rail with all his might. It must of been his first time through the Rogers Pass! I left the Pats the year we won Memorial in 1974. Was not with Bob his last few years. I was asked to come back and help the club in 1976.


A Memorial Service: to Celebrate Bob's Life, it was held at Regina Funeral Home (Now called: Memorial Cemetery), Hwy #1 East, Regina, Saskatchewan, on Friday, 11, 2005 at 2:00 p.m.

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The chapel was full by the time my wife (Marlene) and (I) arrived, we had to sit a distance from the open doors in the hall way. Even the lunch room was full. The service started with his brother-in-law Mike Fisher (Ex-Regina Pat and pro hockey player) coming in and playing the bag pipes.

Burial: Riverside Memorial Park Cemetery, Regina, Sask. - Block: 115 – Plot: G – Lot: A

(Plot: G - Columbaria)









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