Through hard work, Turner has earned a spot at St. Mary’s University in Winona, Minn. The Cardinal is part of the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in NCAA Division III.
Turner’s journey began when he played for the TPH Thunder, a youth team based in Duluth, more than an hour away from his home in Villa Rica.
When Turner entered Douglas County High School, he enrolled in the International Baccalaureate (IB) program, allowing him to take accelerated classes and earn college credits with a flexible schedule.
“I was able to leave school early three days a week for practice,” Turner stated. “It allowed me to train and still receive a top-notch education.”
During this time, Turner said he felt support from the school’s faculty and the entire county.
“I was a good student and the teachers had an interest in my sport,” Turner recalled. “They would give me assignments when I had to travel and even come to my games when we played in Georgia. I appreciated the support from the community.”
Upon graduating from Douglas County High in 2012, Turner played junior hockey for two years, which is typical for post-graduate high school players. He started with the Laconia Leafs in the Atlantic Junior Hockey League. After one season with the Leafs, Turner split time between the Philadelphia Junior Flyers and New Jersey Junior Titans, both based in the Eastern Hockey League.
During his stint with the Titans, Turner gained the interest of the St. Mary’s coaching staff. The 5-foot, 7-inch left winger describes himself as a playmaker with strong knowledge of the game and willing to play any role for the team. He has begun training three times a week and reports to Winona on Aug. 20.