Turcotte brings his passion to Glenview hockey program
Sylvain Turcotte, Glenview Park Dist. hockey director, enjoys his career and time well spent at the Glenview Ice Center at 1851 Landwehr Rd. | Karie Angell Luc~for Sun-Times Media
Updated: December 18, 2012 3:10PM
GLENVIEW — Sylvain Turcotte, Glenview Park District hockey director, grew up with a passion for the sport. Turcotte, raised in Canada, was exposed to the sport at a young age. He was familiar with Glenview after working at hockey camps in the village.
Q. Sylvain, where did you grow up?
A. I now live in Buffalo Grove, but I was born and raised in Montreal. We have a family business started by my uncle in 1972 called Turcotte Stickhandling hockey schools. When I was younger I used to come to the States for the summer and do the camps with my cousins. When I got old enough, I started working them and Glenview was one of the locations.
Q. Where did you go to school?
A. I went to the University of Quebec in Montreal where I also played hockey. I now have a beautiful wife, Lucie, and two children, Josianne, a junior at Illinois State University (ISU). Cody is a senior at Buffalo Grove High School
Q. Why is Glenview such a great hockey town?
A. This is a very unique situation, the park district runs the learn to skate and the house league program, making them a bit more affordable then the private rinks. The small rink (studio) also has an appeal (as) it is not so intimidating to the smaller children. The park district does a great job of promoting the game and the staff at the rink is great and keeps the children interested.
Q. Why is Glenview a great place to be?
A. When you walk around the town, the buildings, the parks, the facilities, you can feel the pride everyone has to work there and it shows. Buildings, facilities and parks are so well maintained and the service is always customer friendly.
Q. Your goals?
A. My goal is to keep the game in front of the kids, keep them involved and keep growing the best game anywhere.
Q. What are your proudest moments?
A. Proudest moments would have to be the birth of my children. The greatest achievement would probably be winning the Peewee Tier 1 Nationals in 1995 and watching players that I have coached and help developed along the way now playing pro hockey.
Q. What’s your favorite sports team?
A. Growing up, I was a Montreal Canadiens fan but I do now have a penchant for the Blackhawks. What they (the Blackhawks) have done the last few years to bring the game to the fans has been tremendous and the product on the ice has been exciting and competitive.
Q. The banners in the ice center, what do they mean to you?
A. That I am getting old…Pride…We have built a very successful program and we strive to keep getting better.
Q. Are you a summer or winter person?
A. Although I’m on the ice practically every day, year round, I love summer and I enjoy golfing.
Q. Any favorite vacation destinations?
A. Florida, we have been vacationing there since I was little and I absolutely love it. In the winter Quebec City is like going to Europe without having to cross the Atlantic…It’s breathtaking.
Q. You keep your office door closed a lot or do you have a warm, open door policy?
A. I have to keep my door closed because my office is in the rink but everyone knows that my door is always open.