One of the newest Missouri Mavericks, forward Podge Turnbull, has had a hard time getting used to being in Missouri. The 24-year-old Turnbull recently completed a week that saw the Mavericks play four games in five days. Three of the four games were on the road and was only his third week as a member of the team.
The talented forward is also new to the Central Hockey League. The second year player spent last season with two ECHL teams and has been to two American Hockey League Camps. His hockey nickname is Podge and he has been called that his entire pro career.
Turnbull hails from Hayward Wisconsin, so yes, he is a big fan of the Green Bay Packers. Back home is still his parents and two younger sisters. While in school at the University of Wisconsin, the Badgers played in the 2010 NCAA Championship game against Boston College.
Playing in a national championship event is Podge’s favorite sports memory so far. His ultimate goal is to one day play in the National Hockey League. If not in hockey Turnbull would be going to school as a psychology student hoping to become a teacher or sports psychologist.
On those long CHL bus rides Podge likes to read a couple of good books. Should a movie ever be made of his life he hopes Rob Lowe gets the role. When cooking, Turnbull likes to cook venison or any kind of meat. The gift of cooking for Podge came from his dad. When his playing days are over Podge hopes to be remembered as someone no matter what just kept coming, kept going.
While still very new to the area Turnbull has already attended his first Kansas City Chiefs football game and rates Arrowhead Stadium his favorite part of the area.
See Podge and the rest of the Missouri Mavericks next Tuesday December 18th when they host the Arizona Sundogs. The puck drops at 7:05pm.
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