Buffalo Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier announced today that former St. Louis Jr. Blues forward Travis Turnbull has been recalled on an emergency basis from the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League.
A native of Chesterfield, MO, Turnbull (7/7/86, 6'0", 197 lbs) will join the Sabres on his first NHL recall after being signed by the Sabres on April 6, 2009.
Turnbull has 27 points (12+15) and 94 penalty minutes in 53 games for the Americans this season. In four AHL seasons, Turnbull has totaled 54 points (26+28) and 225 penalty minutes in 133 games with the Americans and the Portland Pirates.
Turnbull played on the 2002-2003 Jr. Blues team that was USA Hockey Jr. B Finalists. Travis led the team that year in goals with 38. Travis is the 3rd Jr. Blue from that team that has made it to the NHL joining Joe Vitale (Pittsburgh) and Chris Butler (Calgary Flames). After his time with the Jr. Blues, Turnbull played in the USHL for the Sioux City Musketeers then NCAA Division I Hockey at the University of Michigan before signing a free agent contract with the Buffalo Sabres organization.
Former Jr. Blues head coach Jack Behan had this to say about Turnbull, "Travis was talent that just worked to get better and better. The year he played for us his game improved greatly. A very fine player and a great person! We wish Travis continued success."