As a goaltender for EC Red Bull Salzburg in Austria’s Erste Bank Eishockey Liga — or Erste Bank Hockey League in English — Marty Turco did not see much on the ice that he didn’t see in his 10 years in the NHL with the Dallas Stars and Chicago Blackhawks. But it’s his days at the University of Michigan that he draws comparisons to when asked about the environment of the top arenas in the Republik Österreich.
“Heck of an environment, it was really intense,” Turco said. “It brought me back to my college days in terms of drums beating and singing.”
The atmosphere engulfing those games is what sticks out to Turco when he looks back on his time in Michigan, or even to last week in Austria. Playing in those type of environments is what he will remember most vividly when he looks back on his career, for better or worse.
“I didn’t get any dead fish thrown at me in college, but I did [in Austria],” Turco said.
The veteran netminder took it all in stride.
“They swore at me pretty good, in English, and that Austrian-German accent, I found it pretty humorous.
“It was great. Those are the environments that, when it’s all said and done and you think about it, your remember those moments more than others.”