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Joe Turner (March 28, 1919 – December 11, 1944/January 1945) was a Canadian professional goaltender who played 1 game in the National Hockey League. Born in Windsor, Ontario, he played with the Detroit Red Wings.

Turner played with the Guelph Indians of the Ontario Hockey Association and led the league in goals allowed on three occasions. Detroit, which held his rights, sent him to their American Hockey League affiliate, the Indianapolis Capitals, in 1941. There he played in played in the first AHL All-Star Game and was a first team All-Star as goaltender. He would also lead the Capitals to a Calder Cup championship. On January 5, 1942, he replaced an injured Johnny Mowers in a 3–3 tie against the Toronto Maple Leafs for his only appearance in the NHL.

After the season, he signed up for the United States Army and fought in World War II. He died in Belgium in December 1944 or January 1945. For his service, the International Hockey League named it's championship trophy, the Turner Cup, after him.


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