Stellarton’s Brent Turnbull was selected in the QMJHL Expansion Draft on Thursday to join the Sherbrooke Phoenix in the fall. Turnbull had 15 points in 58 games last season with Bathurst.
Thursday it was made official that Stellarton’s Brent Turnbull would be moving to Sherbrooke in the fall.
After playing two seasons with the Acadie-Bathurst Titan of the QMJHL, he was selected in the 2012 Expansion Draft to join the Sherbrooke Phoenix. Turnbull says it was no surprise on Thursday when the announcement was made because he had been in contact with the general manager over the last month.
Turnbull finished with two points in 61 games in his first season with Bathurst and 15 points in 58 games last season. He says he was used more as a third-line checking forward in Bathurst, but hopes to get back to his role he had in minor hockey.
“When I played here in midget I was looked to as an offensive guy and I know Sherbrooke will give me a chance to be a first- or second-line guy, so it will be nice to get the offensive side of me back,” he said.
Being out of that role for multiple seasons he knows it will take some work, but feels he can get back to his strong offensive role.
“I know I still have it, but when I was in Bathurst they wanted to use me to shut down the other teams offensive players,” said Turnbull. “It’s going to take a lot of dedication this summer and shooting pucks every day, but it will be a good test for me.”
He will also train with Dave MacIntyre, John Sim and Colin White throughout the summer. He expects they will learn a lot from them over the summer that will help prepare him for any challenges that will come his way.
Although Sherbrooke had a team in the past, he believes that after the team left it was a blow to the community and there is a renewed energy surrounding the organization.
“I think it will be pretty crazy every game because I know they missed their team when it left,” said Turnbull. “It’s a college town so by the sounds of it they are excited to have it back in town. We’re expecting big crowds at every game so it’s pretty exciting.”
With this fresh start he hopes it will allow him to improve his game and put himself in a position to be recognized by a professional organization in the future.
“Being able to play like the type of player I really am, I think that will be a great way for me to work towards a possible professional contract,” he said. “In Bathurst I enjoyed my time, but it wasn’t really my kind of game. I hope I can get back to being the player I’m more comfortable with.”