Marty Turco

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Cammalleri, Hunwick, Turco Lead UM NHL All-Star Voting - MGoBlue
The leading vote getters by position are Calgary Flames forward Mike Cammalleri (UM, 2000-02), Boston Bruins defenseman Matt Hunwick (UM, 2004-07) and Dallas Stars goaltender Marty Turco (1995-98). With 24 players in the NHL in 2008-09,...
Game 7, but not for Canucks - Dallas Morning News
I know a lot of Stars fans will use this game to defend Marty Turco, and it does show just how hard it is to take the next step as an NHL goalie. Chicago fans are going crazy, and the reason this story is so great is because the Blackhawks have shown...
Mike Modano to return to the Dallas Stars next season - Defending Big D
When asked if Marty Turco being pushed to do too much was a good example, Modano said yes. "Yeah, I think that's a good one,'' he said. "You look at that, and that was part of the problem all of last season. You go in with a plan, and all of the...
Panaccio: Unraveling the Flyers' Goalie Mystery Pt. III - Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia
Maybe a [Marty] Brodeur or a [Marty] Turco have stuck around with one team. “It'sa handful of guys. They're not growing on trees. You have to beat the bushes to find them. Hopefully we find a diamond in a rough and get lucky.” TSN did a study this year...
Off-Season Game Plan: Stars -
Injuries played a part, and ineffective goaltending from Marty Turco played a part, so there is reason to think that good health and a bounceback season from Turco would be enough. On the other hand, taking a stand-pat position when coming off a...
Panaccio: Unraveling the Flyers' Goalie Mystery: Pt. II - Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia
Some are regular down-to-earth guys, like Biron, Cam Ward and Marty Turco. “You're talking about an 18-year-old kid in the draft and you try to get to know as much as you can about these kids you draft,” Holmgren said. “You give them psychological...
Anaheim columnist: Teemu Selanne has scoring 'magic' - Detroit Free Press
Perry skated down the right side and banged a shot past Marty Turco. There wasn't much traffic. The puck didn't hiss. But it went in. Upstairs, Ducks assistant general manager David McNab just shook his head. “Corey Perry is the only guy who could...
An idea for The Sault — Build world's largest puck — LETTER — COMMENT - Sault Star
In addition, there have been a number of Soo born and raised hockey players who have graduated to the NHL but did not play for the Hounds, most notably Phil Esposito and Marty Turco. I would propose that recognition of this city's immense hockey talent...
StarGazing: Monday Edition - Defending Big D
There is no question that Marty Turco is going to play forever. Many Stars fans would absolutely love to have "Turks" around for as long as he is able to play. I have a feeling though that Dallas fans will be able to breath easier knowing the talent...
A Look Ahead: An Early Top 10 for 2009-10 - College Hockey News
The real question is in goal, with whether Bryan Hogan will return the Wolverines to Marty Turco-era levels -- or even freshman-year Al Montoya levels -- or if someone else emerges. 5. Boston University -- The defending champs will lose quite a bit of...

Marty Turco

Unlike most Canadians in the NHL, Turco did not play major junior hockey, instead playing for the University of Michigan, with whom he won 2 NCAA titles. He was drafted in the fifth round of the 1994 NHL Entry Draft by the Dallas Stars, and went on to play for Michigan that fall. Turco earned many awards in his four years at Michigan, including Rookie of the Year in 1995, Tournament MVP in 1998, and nominations to the First All-Star team in 1997, the Second All-Star Team in 1998, and the All-Tournament Team in 1996 and 1998. After graduating, Turco went to play for Dallas's IHL affiliate, the Michigan K-Wings. In 1999, he was named IHL Rookie of the Year.

After two years playing for the K-Wings, Turco was given the opportunity to be a backup for Ed Belfour in Dallas. He spent the next two years in Dallas gaining experience as the backup. After the 2001-2002 season, Dallas decided to make Turco the starting goaltender, allowing Belfour to sign with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

In his first year as the starting goaltender, 2002–03, Turco's goals-against average of 1.72 set a modern NHL record thanks to a stingy defense. (Miikka Kiprusoff broke Turco's record the next season with a 1.69 goals against average.) Turco played in the NHL All-Star Game during the season and was named to the Second All-Star Team following the season, finishing second in Vezina Trophy voting as well (behind Martin Brodeur). His .932 save percentage was also best in the NHL that year. However, he was unable to lead the Stars past the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in the Western Conference semi-finals.

During the 2003–04 season, Turco continued to give the Stars quality goaltending, again playing (and starting) in the All-Star Game. However, when the Stars played the Colorado Avalanche in the first round of the playoffs, Turco struggled, receiving blame from some for the Stars' losing the series in five games.

In the 2005–06 season, Turco won a career-best 41 games, 8 of them in shootouts. Turco's experience in the 2006 playoffs was similar to the prior season, again losing in five games to the Avalanche.

Turco went on to lose against the Canucks at home in game three, dropping a 2–1 overtime victory, when Taylor Pyatt got a quick one-time shot off a feed from Bryan Smolinski. In game 4, once again the Stars could not put up a win, losing to the Canucks 2–1 off of goals from Mattias Ohlund, then the game winner from Linden. The Stars then went on to win game 5 in the series with 1–0 OT win. Brenden Morrow scored the game's only goal 6:22 into the first OT period, allowing Turco to get his second career playoff shutout. Turco followed this up with his third shutout of the series in a 2–0 win. The series ended on Monday, April 23rd, 2007 with a score of 4–1 Vancouver, after Turco allowed Trevor Linden to score the eventual game-winning goal in the 2nd period. The Canucks then became second-round fodder for the eventual Stanley Cup Champion Anaheim Ducks.

Turco recorded 32 wins in the 2007–08 season, and helped the Stars to playoff wins over the defending Stanley Cup champions Anaheim Ducks and the San Jose Sharks, before losing in six games to the Detroit Red Wings in the Western Conference Finals.

On January 15, 2009, Turco recorded his 421st game for the Dallas Stars becoming the franchise's all-time leader in games played by a netminder, surpassing Cesare Maniago's near 33-year old record of 420. He would pass Maniago later that month in total minutes played, on January 29th while also winning his first regular-season game at Joe Louis Arena in 11 tries against the Detroit Red Wings. Again on February 9 he broke yet another of Maniago's records by starting in his 24th consecutive game in goal.

Turco, along with Brodeur, is widely regarded as one of the best puck-handling goalies in the NHL.

Unlike many top goalies in the NHL, Turco does not play the butterfly style of goaltending. His style relies more on athleticism and acrobatics than on size or positioning, and this has made him a fan favourite in Dallas.

Rare among hockey goalies, Turco wears a different custom painted helmet depending on whether the Stars are wearing their home black or road white uniforms (the base color of each helmet matches the uniform color).

In his NHL career, Turco remained winless at Joe Louis Arena, home of the Detroit Red Wings, until May 17, 2008. The Dallas Stars defeated the Detroit Red Wings 2-1 in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals, giving Turco his very first career win at "the Joe". He is currently 2-10-2 in that building, having won his first regular season game in 11 tries on January 29, 2009. His struggles at Joe Louis are odd, because he won many games at the rink during his time at the University of Michigan. These games included regular season games, rivalry games against Michigan State University, and CCHA playoff games.

Marty and his wife Kelly have two daughters, Hailey and Katelyn, with the family residing in Highland Park, Texas. He also owns a home in his home town of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, where he spends much of his summer.

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Ryan Jones (ice hockey)

Ryan Jones (born June 14, 1984 in Chatham, Ontario) is a professional ice hockey forward currently playing for the Nashville Predators of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was drafted in the fourth round, 111th overall, by the Minnesota Wild in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. He made his NHL debut with the Nashville Predators in the 2008-09 season opener.

He scored his first NHL goal on October 15, 2008 against Marty Turco of the Dallas Stars.

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53rd National Hockey League All-Star Game

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The 53rd National Hockey League All-Star Game was held during the 2002–03 NHL season, and took place at the Office Depot Center in Sunrise, Florida, the home of the Florida Panthers, on February 2, 2003. It was the first All-Star Game since the 1997 All-Star Game to use the Eastern Conference - Western Conference format.

The All-Star festivities began on February 1 with the YoungStars Game, pitting the best rookies on league rosters against each other. Months ago, it was decided that the assistant coaches of the team with the best points percentages in their respective conferences through the games of Wednesday, January 8, were selected as coaches for the Eastern Conference and Western Conference YoungStars, respectively. The YoungStars players were selected by the NHL's Hockey Operations Department, in consultation with League General Managers.

The game's format changed from the previous season as it will be played using five skaters and one goaltender per team. The duration of the game will consist of three 10-minute periods, running time with 15-second stops after goals with a four-minute break between periods. If the score is tied after three periods, a sudden-death shootout will determine the winner.

Washington Capitals' Brian Sutherby won the Most Valuable Player for the Eastern Conference YoungStars by scoring two goals and an assist as the East cruised to an easy 8–3 victory. Hometown favourite Stephen Weiss also scored a goal and an assist for the East to thrill the Panthers fans in attendance.

A traditional event followed the YoungStars game, with the NHL Skills Competition. The Western Conference won the competition 15–9, made memorable by hard-shooting defenseman Al MacInnis of the St. Louis Blues winning his seventh Hardest Shot event, and Colorado Avalanche's Patrick Roy allowed only a single goal through both of the Goaltending Competitions.

On Sunday, February 2, the actual All-Star Game began. The Eastern Conference was forced to name five injury replacements to their roster, as Ed Belfour, Brian Leetch, Mario Lemieux, Saku Koivu, and Mats Sundin were all out with injury. Despite the high-profile names missing from their roster, Atlanta Thrashers' sniper Dany Heatley opened the scoring for the Eastern Conference by scoring a fine goal past Colorado Avalanche's Patrick Roy just five and a half minutes into the first period.

Colorado Avalanche's Peter Forsberg and Dallas Stars' Mike Modano scored the next two goals to give the Western Conference a 2–1 lead. However, Heatley would score his second consecutive goal on Roy, by tapping in a rebound that was shot by Washington Capitals' Jaromir Jagr to tie the score at 2–2, a bit more than half-way through the first period. Five minutes later, Minnesota Wild's Marian Gaborik scored a goal that was similar to Heatley's second by banging in Los Angeles Kings' Mathieu Schneider's rebound shot past Tampa Bay Lightning's Nikolai Khabibulin to restore the Western lead at 3–2, which remained at the end of the first period. Goaltenders Roy and Khabibulin would then be replaced by Chicago Blackhawks' Jocelyn Thibault and New Jersey Devils' Martin Brodeur for the West and the East, respectively.

The change of goaltenders made little difference for Heatley, as he finished his hat trick with a tough wrist shot past Thibault to tie the game at 3–3. For the third consecutive time, however the West replied when Vancouver Canucks' Ed Jovanovski caught a lucky deflection off the skate of Washington Capitals' Sergei Gonchar. But for the fourth consecutive time in the game , Heatley scored an electrifying fourth goal of the game by converting a pass from hometown hero Florida Panthers' Olli Jokinen and shooting it over Thibault's glove. Heatley's four goals in an All-Star game tied the previous records of Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Vincent Damphousse and Mike Gartner and became the first player in All-Star history to score four-consecutive goals.

No more goals were scored in the second period, and Ottawa Senators' Patrick Lalime came in for the Eastern Conference, while Dallas Stars' Marty Turco came in for the Western Conference. St. Louis Blues' Al MacInnis, however, had no intention of letting the goaltenders have the spotlight as he unleashed his patented slapshot past Lalime's glove to give the West a 5–4 lead, a minute and a half into the third period.

Olli Jokinen, however, would tie the game up by taking a pass from Jaromir Jagr and skating in on a partial breakaway and putting a hard wrist shot past Turco to tie the game at 5–5. With ten minutes left in regulation, neither team were able to score on the two goaltenders, especially on Lalime who was spectacular and drew praise in a game that was usually reserved for offensive skills. The third period would end in a 5–5 tie and the winner of the 53rd NHL All-Star Game would have to be decided in overtime for the first time since 1988.

Patrick Lalime and Marty Turco remained in goal for the overtime, and both were still solid to preserve a scoreless extra period and for the first time in history an NHL All-Star Game would be settled in a shootout, which was a tantalizing sight for NHL fans who did not see shootouts in league competition. Patrick Lalime was remarkable to that point in the game, but the shootout went against him from the start as Vancouver Canucks' Markus Naslund, Dallas Stars' Bill Guerin, and Mighty Ducks of Anaheim's Paul Kariya would score for the Western Conference. On the other side, the shootout went well for Marty Turco as he only let in one goal in the shootout, which was scored by Dany Heatley. Heatley's shootout goal, however, did not count towards his regulation total of four leaving him tied for the record. The Western Conference skated out of one of the most thrilling All-Star Games in history with a 6–5 shootout victory. Heatley, with a total of five points, was named All-Star MVP.

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Dallas Stars

Dallas Stars

The Dallas Stars are a National Hockey League team based in Dallas, Texas. They are members of the Pacific Division in the Western Conference. They play their home games at the American Airlines Center. Prior to 1993, this team played as the Minnesota North Stars.

The Minnesota North Stars began play in 1967 as part of the NHL's six-team expansion. Home games were played at the newly-constructed Metropolitan Sports Center (the "Met Center") in Bloomington, Minnesota. Initially successful both on the ice and at the gate, the North Stars fell victim to financial problems after several poor seasons in the mid-1970s.

In 1978, the North Stars were purchased by the owners of the Cleveland Barons (formerly the California Golden Seals), the Gund brothers, George III and Gordon. With both on the verge of folding, the NHL permitted the two failing franchises to merge. The merged team continued as the Minnesota North Stars, but assumed the Barons’ place in the Adams Division. The merger brought with it a number of talented players, and the North Stars were revived, making the Stanley Cup Finals in 1981, where they lost in five games to the New York Islanders. However, by the early 1990s, declining attendance and the inability to secure a new downtown revenue-generating arena led ownership to request permission to move the team to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1990. The NHL rejected the request, and instead agreed to award an expansion franchise, the San Jose Sharks, to the Gund brothers. The North Stars were sold to a group of investors that were originally looking to place a team in San Jose, although one of the group's members, Norman Green, would eventually gain control of the team. In the following season, Minnesota made it to the Stanley Cup Finals, only to lose to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

In 1993, amid further attendance woes and bitter personal controversy, Green obtained permission to move the team to the Reunion Arena in Dallas, Texas, where they took the shortened "Stars" name. The NHL, to quell the controversy, promised the fans of Minnesota a return in the future with a new franchise; that promise was fulfilled in 2000 when Minnesota was awarded the Minnesota Wild as an expansion franchise.

In the 1994 playoffs the Stars lost to the Cinderella-story Vancouver Canucks. Green would later sell the team to Tom Hicks.

In 1999 the Stars won the franchise's first Stanley Cup, versus the Buffalo Sabres in six games. Dallas returned to the Cup Finals in 2000, but would lose to the New Jersey Devils, losing the final game at home in overtime. The Stars in 1999 were the only NHL team other than the Devils, Colorado Avalanche, and Detroit Red Wings to win a Stanley Cup between 1995 and 2003. For 2001-02, the team moved to a new arena, the American Airlines Center.

Despite initial reservations about the move to Texas, the Stars have enjoyed success both on and off the ice. On top of their 1999 Cup, they have won two Presidents' Trophies as the team with the best overall regular-season record. Dallas has also won seven division titles and two Western Conference titles in the past ten seasons. In the last ten years the Dallas Stars, Detroit Red Wings, and New Jersey Devils have had the most points.

The Stars made a number of changes during summer 2006. Former Stars goalkeeper Andy Moog was promoted to Assistant General Manager for Player Development (he kept his job as goaltending coach), and former player Ulf Dahlen was hired as an assistant coach.

The Stars allowed center Jason Arnott, defenseman Willie Mitchell and goaltender Johan Hedberg to leave as free agents. Forward Niko Kapanen was traded to the Atlanta Thrashers and the remaining two years on right-winger Bill Guerin's contract were bought out.

The Stars received Patrik Stefan and Jaroslav Modry in the Atlanta trade, and signed Eric Lindros, Jeff Halpern, Matthew Barnaby and Darryl Sydor as free agents. Young goaltender Mike Smith was promoted to the NHL to serve as Marty Turco's backup.

On September 29, 2006, Brenden Morrow was announced as new team captain, taking the "C" from Mike Modano, who had served in the role since 2003. Modano and Lehtinen are the last Minnesota North Stars still with the franchise.

During the season, center Mike Ribeiro, winger Ladislav Nagy and defenseman Mattias Norstrom were added through three separate trades. Young players Joel Lundqvist, Krys Barch, Nicklas Grossman, Chris Conner all saw significant ice time while other players were out of the lineup with injuries.

On January 24, 2007, the 55th National Hockey League All-Star Game was held at the American Airlines Center. Defenceman Philippe Boucher and goaltender Marty Turco would represent the Stars as part of the Western Conference All-Star roster.

On March 13, 2007, Mike Modano scored his 500th career NHL goal, making him only the 39th player and 2nd American to ever reach 500 goals. On March 17, 2007, Modano scored his 502nd and 503rd NHL goals, breaking the record for an American-born player previously held by Joe Mullen.

The Stars qualified for the playoffs as the #6 seed in the Western conference and squared off against the Vancouver Canucks in the first round of the playoffs. Goalkeeper Marty Turco pitched three shutout wins -- in games 2, 5 and 6 -- but the Stars' offense failed to capitalize and they lost the series 4 games to 3. This was the third season in a row that the Stars lost in the first round.

Due to little improvement in the offseason, and a bad start to the season, General Manager Doug Armstrong was fired. He was replaced by an unusual "Co-General Manager" arrangement of former assistant GM Les Jackson and former Stars player Brett Hull. The Stars finished #5 during the 07-08 season. On April 25, 2008, in Round 1 of the Stanley Cup playoffs, the Stars eliminated the defending Stanley Cup champions, the Anaheim Ducks, in six games. On May 4, 2008, the Stars finished off the San Jose Sharks in six games, to advance to the Western Conference Finals, where they lost to the eventual champions Detroit Red Wings four games to two.

The team since its inception has used the Stars logo jersey on both home and away jerseys. For 2007, as part of the league-wide changeover to the Rbk Edge jerseys, the Stars changed their jerseys. The home jersey simply states 'Dallas' on the chest, with the primary logo relocated to the shoulders and the player number on the chest. The color of the home jersey has also changed from green to black. The alternate logo remains on the shoulders of the away jerseys. On November 18, 2008 the Stars unveiled a third jersey similar to their current home jersey, white, similar to the road jersey but with all the features of the home. 'Dallas' on the chest, and Stars logos on the shoulders.

The Stars played in 17,001-seat Reunion Arena from their relocation in 1993, until the club moved to the 18,500-seat American Airlines Center in 2001. It has become tradition that the fans in attendance shout "Star!" and "Stars!" during the phrasing of the words as the National Anthem is sung. At games, as part of the entertainment, a Kahlenberg KDT-123 fog horn sounds after every Stars goal, followed by "Rock and Roll (Part 2)"; and a song called "The Darkness Music" plays after nearly every away goal. The "Dallas Stars Fight Song", recorded by Pantego natives Pantera, is played when the Stars hit the ice after every intermission.

All Dallas Stars games are broadcast on radio on WBAP. Television games are broadcast primarily on Fox Sports Southwest (FSN) with KDFI (Channel 27) broadcasting games when FSN has a conflict.

In January of 2009, the Stars and local sports radio station KTCK announced a 5-year deal that will have The Ticket broadcasting all Dallas Stars games beginning with the 2009-10 NHL season.

The Stars are one of only three professional sports teams (all NHL), and by far the largest media market, to simulcast its games on TV and radio. The broadcast team consists of the highly popular duo of "Ralph and Razor" (play-by-play announcer Ralph Strangis and color commentator Daryl "Razor" Reaugh). The simulcast goes back to the arrival of the Stars in Dallas. Although with their market size and fan base the team could support separate broadcasters, the Stars have retained the simulcast due to Ralph and Razor being among the area's most popular sports announcers (the Stars have even added in-arena radio of the duo, available on 97.5FM, due to their popularity).

Dallas is in the unique and undesirable position this season (2008-09) of being the only NHL team without a primary affiliate. It's a one-year fix while waiting for the Texas Stars to make their American Hockey League debut in the Austin area next fall.

Records as of May 11, 2007.

Updated March 5, 2009.

Please see the Hall of Fame section for the Minnesota North Stars for a list of franchise Hockey Hall of Fame members. No one who has played for the team in Dallas has been inducted to the Hockey Hall of Fame yet.

Note: This list does not include selections of the Minnesota North Stars.

These are the top-ten point-scorers in franchise (Minnesota & Dallas) history. Figures are updated after each completed NHL regular season.

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NHL 2K6 is an ice hockey simulation made by 2K Sports, and published on the Xbox, PlayStation 2, and Xbox 360 consoles. It features goalie Marty Turco on the cover of games sold in the United States, and forward Mats Sundin on the cover of games sold in Canada.

The game brings all the features from the previous year's game, ESPN NHL 2K5, along with others. It features a new "crease control" system, which allows you to control your team's goalie and make critical saves. Also, it implements the new NHL shootout system as the default.

The game is also the first ice hockey simulation to be made for the Xbox 360. It is priced at USD $19.99 for the Xbox and PlayStation 2, and $59.99 for the Xbox 360.

The Xbox 360 version of NHL 2K6 features an annoying bug, in which the game freezes constantly with the hard drive being used. The bug is solved by simply removing the detachable hard drive, but is considered a major annoyance. 2K Sports has issued a fix on Xbox Live that is automatically installed with use.

The Xbox version has also been plagued by several complaints.

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Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

Official seal of Town of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

Sault Ste. Marie (pronounced /ˈsuː seɪnt məˈriː/ "Soo Saint Marie") (nicknamed "the Sault" or "the Soo") is a city on the St. Marys River in Ontario, Canada. It is the third largest city in Northern Ontario, after Sudbury and Thunder Bay, with a population of 74,948. The name is pronounced /ˈsuː ˈseɪnt məˈriː/, where Sault is pronounced like sue. Residents of the city are called Saultites. With a mission established by French Jesuits in 1668, claiming of the area by Simon-François Daumont de Saint-Lusson, in the name of Louis XIV of France, and fur trading posts soon after, this was one of the oldest European settlements in Canada.

Sault Ste. Marie is bordered to the east by the Rankin Location and Garden River First Nation reserves, and to the west by Prince Township. To the north, the city is bordered by an unincorporated portion of the Algoma District, with Heyden as the nearest community. The city's census agglomeration, consisting of the townships of Laird, Prince and Macdonald, Meredith and Aberdeen Additional and the First Nations reserves of Garden River and Rankin, had a total population of 80,098 in 2006.

To the south, across the river, is the United States and the city of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. The two cities are joined by the International Bridge, which connects Interstate 75 in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan and Huron Street in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. Shipping traffic in the Great Lakes system bypasses the Saint Mary's Rapids via the American Soo Locks, the world's busiest canal in terms of tonnage that passes through it, while smaller recreational and tour boats use the Canadian Sault Ste. Marie Canal.

Sault Ste. Marie is the seat of the Algoma District.

The city name originates from Saults de Sainte-Marie, archaic French for "Saint Mary's Falls", a reference to the rapids of Saint Marys River. Etymologically, the word sault comes from an archaic spelling of saut (from sauter), the French word for "leap" or "jump" (similar to somersault). Citations dating back to 1600 use sault spelling to mean a waterfall or rapids.

After the visit of Étienne Brûlé in 1623, the French called it "Sault de Gaston" in honour of Gaston, Duke of Orléans, the brother of King Louis XIII of France. In 1668, French Jesuit missionaries renamed it Sault Sainte Marie, and established a settlement (present-day Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan) on the river's south bank. Both sides of the rapids became settlement related to a fur trading post, and the area became one of the oldest European settlements in Ontario. It was at the crossroads of the 3,000-mile Fur Trade Route, which stretched from Montreal to Sault Ste. Marie and to the North country above Lake Superior.

Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario was incorporated as a town in 1887 and a city in 1912. The town gained brief international notoriety in 1911 in the case of Angelina Napolitano, the first person in Canada to use the battered woman defence for murder.

During World War II, and particularly after the US was attacked at Pearl Harbor in 1941, concern turned to the locks and shipping channel at Sault Ste. Marie. A substantial military presence was established to protect the locks from a possible attack by Nazi German aircraft from the north. The new development of long-range bombers created fears of a sudden air raid. Military strategists studied polar projection maps which indicate that the air distance from occupied Norway to the town was about the same as the distance from Norway to New York. That direct route of about 3000 miles is over terrain where there were few observers and long winter nights.

A joint Canadian and US committee called the "Permanent Joint Board on Defence" drove the installation of anti-aircraft defence and associated units of the United States Army Air Forces and Royal Canadian Air Force to defend the locks. An anti-aircraft training facility was established 100 kilometres (62 miles) north of Sault Ste. Marie on the shores of Lake Superior. Barrage balloons were installed, and early warning radar bases were established at 5 locations in northern Ontario to watch for incoming aircraft. Military personnel were established to guard sensitive parts of the transportation infrastructure. A little over one year later, in January 1943, most of these facilities and defences were deemed excessive and removed, save a reduced military base at Sault Ste. Marie.

On January 29, 1990, Sault Ste. Marie became a flashpoint in the Meech Lake Accord debate when council passed a resolution declaring English the city's official language and the sole language of municipal services. The Sault Ste. Marie language resolution was not the first of its kind in Ontario. Since Sault Ste. Marie was the largest municipality to have passed such a resolution and the first with a sizable Franco-Ontarian population, the council's action was very controversial. Many objections were raised by the French-speaking population.

The MS Norgoma, a Canadian passenger ship, is a museum ship in the Great Lakes, at Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.

The city has made a name for itself in steel-making, and Essar Steel Algoma (formerly Algoma Steel) is the largest single employer with 3500 employees at the main plant and approximately 600 (450 unionized and 150 non-unionized) at an adjacent tube mill operated by Tenaris. During the 1940s, the steel and chromium operations were of substantial importance to the war effort in Canada and the United States. Algoma Steel and the Chromium Mining and Smelting Corporation were key producers for transportation and military machines.

In the early 1960s and 1970s, Sault Ste. Marie was a booming town. However, as time passed and foreign imports became a vital reality of business success, the demand for the town's steel industry diminished. Within the past eight years, Essar Steel Algoma has declared bankruptcy twice and laid off large numbers of workers. Most recently, Essar Steel Algoma was bailed out by the Ontario government, which promised interest-free loans.

Essar Steel Algoma is currently the most profitable steel company per unit on a global scale. The company experienced a swift turnaround in 2004 from its earlier financial troubles in the 1990s, largely due to the rising costs of steel and the high demand for steel in China. Denis Turcotte, CEO, was named Canadian CEO of the year in 2006 for his efforts. An offer to purchase ASI by the Essar Group (India) had been recommended by the ASI Board of Directors and was approved. The company was officially sold to the Essar Group in June 2007 for $1.6 billion.

Forestry is also a major local industry, especially at St. Mary's Paper which has been reopened as of June 2007 under new ownership. Also related to wood products is Flakeboard Ltd., which employs over 110 people in the community along with an adjacent melamine factory which manufactures products with Flakeboard's materials. Such examples of this are furniture and cupboards where a finish is added to the product. Together both of Flakeboard's factories employ about 150 people.

Furthermore, the business process outsourcing industry, with three call centres located within city limits employ about 2500 people. The largest employer of the four call centres is the Sutherland Group. The call centre industry has become a large employer in Sault Ste. Marie which contributed to the economic turn around of the city in the late 1990's.

Another very large employer in the community is the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG). The OLG has a corporate office located within the city on the waterfront and employs about 900 people in Sault Ste. Marie between the corporate office and OLG Casino Sault Ste. Marie. The prize centre used to reside within the city but was moved back to Toronto (York Mills) in 2000. Its role in Sault Ste. Marie has diminished, although only slightly; however, it is still the fourth largest employer next only to Essar Steel Algoma, Sault Area Hospital and the call centre industry.

Sault Ste. Marie is served by Highway 17, which is a segment of the Trans-Canada Highway in the region. The highway connects the city to Thunder Bay to the northwest and Sudbury to the east. The International Bridge also directs traffic from downtown to the beginning of the Interstate 75 freeway in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, which runs through Saginaw, Flint and Detroit before the Michigan/Ohio border (and eventually to Miami, Florida).

The International Bridge also directs traffic from the American side of the border via Sault Ste. Marie's new transport route that runs from the bridge to Second Line. This new limited-access roadway, known as "Carmen's Way" after the late MP Carmen Provenzano, will make it much easier for transport trucks to gain access to main roads. Planning is underway to eventually connect Second Line East to the new four-lane section of Highway 17 that recently opened east of the city.

The city also plays an inherited role in marine transportation, with the locks in Michigan being an integral component of the St. Lawrence Seaway. However, the city also holds a small-scale lock which is used by small boats and other pleasure craft in the summer. Currently under construction is a multi-modal terminal designed to take advantage of the Sault as a rail, road, and water transportation hub.

Sault Ste. Marie is also served by Sault Ste. Marie Airport and Sault Transit Services. The city is no longer linked to any other major cities by passenger rail, but is part of the Algoma Central Railway network, which runs north from the city to the small town of Hearst. In 2006 the city's Member of Parliament, Tony Martin, called for passenger rail service to be reinstated between Sault Ste. Marie and Sudbury.

Area tourist attractions include the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre, the Sault Ste. Marie Canal National Historic Site, boat tours of the Sault locks (which connect Lake Superior with the lower Great Lakes), Whitefish Island, the Ermatinger-Clergue National Historic Site, Casino Sault Ste. Marie, the Art Gallery of Algoma and the Algoma Central Railway's popular Agawa Canyon Tour Train. Nearby parks include Pancake Bay Provincial Park and Batchawana Bay Provincial Park and Lake Superior Provincial Park. Winter activities are also an asset to Sault Ste Marie's tourism industry with the annual Bon Soo Winter Carnival, Searchmont Resort as a great ski and snowboard destination, Stokely Creek Lodge (cross country ski resort) and Hiawatha a nearby cross country ski trails. The city also hosts a large snowmobile trail system that criss-crosses the province of Ontario.

A new non-motorized HUB trail is being created around the city (20 km) so that walkers, rollerbladers and cyclists (snowshoeing and cross country skiing in winter) can enjoy the beautiful and convenient circle tour around town. The Voyageur Hiking Trail, a long-distance trail that will eventually span from Manitoulin Island to Thunder Bay, originated in Sault Ste. Marie in 1974.

The city is also home to the Station Mall, one of the largest shopping malls in Northern Ontario.

Similar to many other Northern Ontario municipalities, Sault Ste. Marie's population has declined sharply in the 1990s and early 2000s, with many individuals migrating to larger cities in southern Ontario. Since the early 1990s, the city had dropped from 84,000 to 74,566 residents, but in the 2006 census the city's population grew very slightly to 74,948. The city's census agglomeration, consisting of the townships of Laird, Prince and Macdonald, Meredith and Aberdeen Additional and the First Nations reserves of Garden River and Rankin, had a total population of 80,098, up from 78,908 in 2001.

The population has now increased with the improving economic climate. Some employers are currently reporting labour shortages in several job categories.

The population under 14 still continues to be greater than those over 65 years of age.

Sault Ste. Marie was at one time a haven for Italian immigrants. The city has a large concentration of ethnic Italians for a community its size, and they play a predominant role in the city's businesses.. The city also has a significant First Nations population, with three reserves nearby.

Those who are of European origin constitute 91.6% of the population, including those who are of Italian, French, English and Nordic descent. Aboriginals or Native Canadians, constitute 7.8%, and those who are of Chinese, Asian, African, and Filipino ancestry make up the remainder of the population.

1 Includes Roman Catholic, Eastern Catholic, Polish National Catholic Church and Old Catholic. 2 Includes mostly answers of "Christian", not otherwise stated. 3 Includes Bahá'í, Eckankar, Jains, Shintō, Taoist, Zoroastrian and Eastern religions, not identified elsewhere. 4 Includes Aboriginal spirituality, Pagan, Wicca, Unity - New Thought - Pantheist, Scientology, Rastafarian, New Age, Gnostic, Satanist, etc. 5 Includes Agnostic, Atheist, Humanist, and No religion, and other responses, such as Darwinism, etc.

Christianity is the chief faith in the city, with Roman Catholicism being the largest denomination. This can be attributed to the large number of citizens with a traditional Italian-Catholic heritage. The largest non-Christian religion is Buddhism numbering 126 members, with small communities of Jews, Muslims, Hindus, and Sikhs.

The Corporation of the City of Sault Ste. Marie is run by a city council of 12 councillors (representing 6 wards) and a mayor. The most recent municipal election was held on November 13, 2006. The current mayor is John Rowswell, first elected in 2000 and re-elected in 2003 and 2006.

The city's crest contains the words "Ojibwa Kitche Gumeeng Odena" (from Ojibwe gichi-gamiing oodena) which means "Town by the large body of water of the Ojibwe" (or simply "Town by Lake Superior") in the Ojibwe language.

The city is served by the Sault Ste. Marie federal electoral district and the Sault Ste. Marie provincial electoral district. The boundaries of these two districts are not identical; the provincial district encompasses the city alone, while the federal district extends northerly to the Montreal River and east to Bruce Mines and St. Joseph Island. The city's current federal Member of Parliament is Tony Martin, and its Member of Provincial Parliament is David Orazietti.

See also Neighbourhoods in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.

The city is home to Sault College, a college of applied arts and technology, and to Algoma University. While the vast majority of programs at Algoma University and Sault College are delivered on the respective campuses, both institutions also offer joint programs with Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. On June 18, 2008, Algoma University became an independent university, ending their longtime affiliation with Laurentian University in Sudbury. A new school, Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig (University), is poised to launch as a federated school of Algoma University. It will offer courses in Anishinaabe culture and language.

The Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds are the city's most recognized sports team having existed since the formation of the Northern Ontario Hockey Association in 1919. The Hounds won national championships twice including the 1993 Memorial Cup and the 1924 Allan Cup. The Greyhounds play in the Essar Centre, a state-of-the-art downtown arena that replaced the Sault Memorial Gardens in 2006. The current Hounds have retired four jerseys since joining the Ontario Hockey League in 1972: #1 John Vanbiesbrouck, #4 Craig Hartsburg, #10 Ron Francis and #99 Wayne Gretzky.

Sault Ste. Marie also had a team in hockey's first professional league. The Sault Ste. Marie Marlboros or 'Canadian Soo' team played in the International Professional Hockey League from 1904 to 1907.

Sault Ste. Marie teams boast a number of Hockey Hall of Fame members including Sault natives Phil, Tony Esposito and Ron Francis, as well as Sault team members Paul Coffey, Bill Cook, Bun Cook, Wayne Gretzky, Newsy Lalonde and George McNamara.

Recent National Hockey League All-Stars Joe Thornton and Marty Turco are either from the Sault or have played for a Sault team.

Former Greyhound player and coach Ted Nolan won the Jack Adams Trophy as the NHL Coach of the Year in 1998.

The Sault has been host to many national and international sporting events including the 2003 Eco-Challenge North American Championship, an expedition-length (350-500 km) adventure race through unmarked wilderness by biking, trekking, paddling and using ropes.

Sault Ste. Marie was the host of the 1990 Brier, the Canadian men's curling championship. In 2010, it will host the Scotties Tournament of Hearts, which serves as Canada's women's curling championship. The local curling clubs are the Soo Curlers Association and the Tarentorus Curling Club.

The 2007 Sault Steelers captured the Canadian Senior Football Championship.

The Walk of Fame was created in 2006 as a joint project between the city of Sault Ste. Marie and its Downtown Association, and honours those from the city or the Algoma District who have made outstanding contributions to the community or significant contributions in their chosen field of work. Inductees are added on an annual basis.

Sault Ste. Marie is home to the Bon Soo winter carnival, held every February. The city also hosts the annual Algoma Fall Festival which draws local and international performing artists. The Kiwanis Community Theatre and the landmark Central United Church are used for the performances. Both venues hold approximately 1,000 people. The Art Gallery of Algoma features an extensive collection of local and international artist's work and presents regular exhibitions. Residents celebrate Community Day on the third weekend of July. The local Rotary International club organizes a three-day event called Rotaryfest.

It is also the birthplace of the first youth police cadet group in Canada: the Sault Squires Police Cadet Corps. The rock band Treble Charger was originally from Sault Ste. Marie.

Muio's restaurant. Established 1945.

Ermatinger "Old Stone House" Built 1814-1823.

Clergue blockhouse Built 1895.

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