Coaches’ Category ~ Class of 2019
Sylvain Turcotte was born and raised in Ile-Bizard, Montreal, and is the oldest of two siblings. His parents, Yvan and Micheline allowed him to begin playing hockey at a very early age and started enrolling him in organized hockey by the time he was five years old. In the late 60’s, indoor rinks were uncommon in Montreal, so most practices and games were played outdoors. Only on special occasions were hockey games played inside.
Sylvain’s Uncle Real, who attended Michigan State on a hockey scholarship, started an instructional hockey school called The Turcotte Stickhandling Hockey School. As a result, Sylvain spent the next fourteen summers first attending and then instructing at his Uncle’s hockey schools. He was given the opportunity to travel all over the United States and Canada developing his coaching skills.
Sylvain continued to play through high school, where his father Yvan coached him for two years before he attended The University of Quebec at Montreal. Sylvain majored in physical education, specializing in hockey. At the same time, he also began coaching his first high school alma mater where his team became the first ever French High School to participate in the Greater Montreal Athletic Association Hockey League. They were also the first French High School to participate in the Provincial Championship.
Sylvain married his wife Lucie in August of 1986 and moved to Chicago the following summer when he accepted the hockey director position for the Glenview Park District, a position he has held for the past thirty-two years. Lucie is also an avid hockey fan and French Canadian who has proved to be Sylvain’s number one fan. Lucie left her parents and four siblings behind to support her husband’s coaching career. After taking on the position of hockey director, Sylvain also started coaching youth hockey. He has coached for twenty years at the AAA level while also coaching the Glenview Stars Mite AA teams. Sylvain and Lucie welcomed two children, Josianne (27) and Cody (25), who both played hockey, instructed at the hockey school and coached at Glenview.
After spending so much time developing elite players from the Chicago area, Sylvain decided to stay closer to home by adding the Glenview Stars Hockey Director position to his Park District Hockey Director’s job. He has held this position for the last fourteen years. Overall, Sylvain has played a hand in coaching some elite hockey players including Craig Anderson, Brian Fahey, Brett Lebda, Tim Stapleton, Danny Richmond, Al Montoya, Megan Bozek, Ryan Hartmann, Christian Dvorak, Alex Turcotte, etc. Even after all the time committed to the game of hockey, Sylvain still enjoys the game and honing young athletes’ skills in order to compete at their highest levels. To this day, teaching Learn to Skate, where it all begins, is still his favorite part of the day.
NOTES: The IHHF Induction Dinner will be held in their honour on Sunday, January 26, 2020 at the Belvedere Banquet Hall located at 1170 West Devon Avenue in Elk Grove Village beginning at 5:00 pm. Tickets are available by contacting Norm Spiegel at (847) 269-2922 or email Norm at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Joining in honoring this special group of inductees will be several of the past inductees into the Hall of Fame. This year’s inductees, and all of the past inductees have demonstrated, through their actions over the years, their personal commitment in making a difference in the lives of thousands of Illinois youth and the Illinois hockey community.
The mission statement of the Illinois Hockey Hall of Fame is as follows:
“To honor the excellence of those individuals who, through their exceptional endeavors both on and off the ice, have contributed in an extraordinary way to enhance the sport and image of hockey in Illinois.”
On behalf of everyone involved in the game of hockey, we admire and thank each of the inductees into the Illinois Hockey Hall of Fame class of 2019. They truly are in a class of their own.