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$25,000 (U.S.) Award Donated to Marty Turco Charity Golf Classic;
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada and Child Find Canada to benefit

Sault Ste. Marie / Dallas (July 24, 2003) – Dallas Stars goaltender Marty Turco was officially presented with the 2002–03 MBNA/MasterCard Canada Roger Crozier Saving Grace Award during a kick-off ceremony for the second annual Marty Turco Charity Golf Classic in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. Turco finished the 2002–03 regular season with a .932 save percentage (1359 shots, 1267 saves) in 55 games. The award is presented to the goaltender with the NHL's best save percentage during the regular season.

Save percentage is calculated by dividing total saves by total shots faced. To be eligible for the Saving Grace Award, a goaltender must have appeared in at least 25 games during the regular season.

As part of the award, MBNA/MasterCard Canada donated $25,000 (U.S.) to the Marty Turco Charity Golf Classic. The money raised from the golf tournament, along with the $25,000 (U.S.) award money, is being donated to local chapters of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada and Child Find Canada, as well as The University of Michigan Kyle Hall Endowment Fund. The charities were selected by Turco.

Turco, 27, had an outstanding season as he helped lead the Stars to a first place finish (111 points) in the Western Conference. This is the second time Turco has won the Award and the third time in the past four seasons that it has been awarded to a Dallas Stars goaltender. Turco won the award in the 2000–01 season, and Ed Belfour captured the inaugural honour in 1999–00. Jose Theodore of the Montreal Canadiens was the 2001–02 recipient.

Trailing Turco in the running for this year's Award were Dwayne Roloson of the Minnesota Wild, Roman Cechmanek of the Philadelphia Flyers, Manny Legace of the Detroit Red Wings and Emmanuel Fernandez, also of the Minnesota Wild (see chart below).

The award is named for Roger Crozier, one of the League's top goaltenders throughout his career. In 14 seasons, Crozier compiled a 206–197–70 record in 518 games, a goals-against average of 3.04 and 30 shutouts with the Detroit Red Wings, Buffalo Sabres and Washington Capitals. His career was highlighted by a Calder Trophy as the NHL's top rookie in 1965 and a Conn Smythe Trophy for his MVP performance in the 1966 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Crozier joined MBNA America Bank in 1983. MBNA established the Saving Grace Award in honour of Crozier, who passed away in 1996.

2002–03 MBNA Roger Crozier Saving Grace Award Final Standings

Goaltender, Club GP Save % SA GA SV
Marty Turco, Dallas 55 .932
92 1267
Dwayne Roloson, Minnesota 50 .927
98 1236
Roman Cechmanek, Philadelphia 58 .925
02 1266
Manny Legace, Detroit 25 .925
51 630
Emmanuel Fernandez, Minnesota 35 .924
74 898

GP Games played
Save % Save percentage (SV divided by SA)
GA Goals against
SA Shots against
SV Saves (SA minus GA)

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