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Turris upset with tone of article

New Westminster native Kyle Turris issued a statement Wednesday upset with the negative tone of an article done by freelance journalist Jordan Winnett, who is also from New West. - NewsLeader file
New Westminster native Kyle Turris issued a statement Wednesday upset with the negative tone of an article done by freelance journalist Jordan Winnett, who is also from New West.
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Kyle Turris was furiously backpedaling in a defensive position this week but he wasn't wearing skates at the time.

Turris was upset with the negative tone of an article about him written by a fellow New Westminster native published in the Globe and Mail on Dec. 17.

Freelance journalist Jordan Winnett interviewed Turris by phone about his experiences playing for Oulu Karpat, a Finnish elite league team. Winnett played guard on the New Westminster Hyacks basketball team and his younger brother Ben, a fourth round pick of the Toronto Maple Leafs, played hockey against Turris.

Winnett had planned to go to Finland to interview Turris and travel with him. Turris had been waiting the NHL lockout practising with his Ottawa Senators teammates before getting the call from Finland. Earlier this year he signed a five-year, $15 million deal with the Senators after being traded to Ottawa by Phoenix following a holdout with the Coyotes.

In the Globe article, Turris was quoted as saying he was bored because there's "nothing to do" and complaining about only four hours of sunlight, minus-20 C temperatures, travel worse than what he experienced playing for the Burnaby Express in the B.C. Junior Hockey League, and having to eat pre-game meals on the road at truck stops.

Turris has returned to Canada, and issued a statement Wednesday saying the article "made me extremely upset that it was so negative, and that it had very inaccurate and untrue information."

"I really enjoyed my time in Oulu," the statement continued, "and those who are around me know that. I want to make clear that the sole reason I left is because of personal reasons that required me to be home with my family. The entire Oulu organization treated me very well, and I feel terrible that people may now feel that I was not grateful to be part of the organization. I know that I was very lucky to play for such an awesome organization that welcomed me with open arms and treated us very well. Everyone I met in Finland, the coaches, management, fans and people of Oulu were all very nice and made my time there a memorable one.

"I was also lucky to have great teammates, with whom I have made good friendships. For all this I am very thankful and wish the Karpat organization great success in the future."

In the article, Turris was quoted as saying he was bored because there's "nothing to do" and complaining about only four hours of sunlight, minus-20 C temperatures, travel worse than what he experienced playing for the Burnaby Express in the B.C. Junior Hockey League, and having to eat pre-game meals on the road at truck stops.

In media reports Wednesday, Turris questioned the accuracy of the quotes, but although Winnett didn't record the interview he stood by what he had written.

After graduating from NWSS, Winnett headed to Bishop's University in Lennoxville, Que., to play basketball for the Gaiters and work on the school newspaper. After two years as a sportswriter for the Sherbrooke Record, he headed to Wales for a masters degree in media, communications and political science from Swansea University. He has since settled in Brighton, England and is temporarily working for the Reading Rockets professional basketball club as well as doing freelance journalism.

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