Chicago's Marty Turco Uses Bench Time To Place Bets With Fans, Write "Turco Rules!" On $5 Bills

Marty Turco signed a one-year contract with Chicago last summer and expected to start in net for the Blackhawks. But for much of the season, he's served as Corey Crawford's back-up and has gotten well-acquainted with the pine. He hasn't started a game since Feb. 11. So Turco's now looking for new sources of entertainment from the sideline, and on Tuesday night at the Bell Centre in Montreal, he actually accepted a casual bet from a Canadiens fan. How nice and totally benign! Until, of course, the NHL inevitably rains on this perfectly harmless parade.

Chicago's Marty Turco Uses Bench Time To Place Bets With Fans, Write "Turco Rules!" On $5 Bills

Robert, a Montreal season-ticket holder, called into Team 990's Game Points to tell his story. With his Habs up 1-0 in the first period, he leaned over to the Chicago bench and told Turco he'd wager that the Blackhawks wouldn't score again in the game. When Half-Man-Half-Alcohol Patrick Kane tied it up, Robert scribbled "Habs Rule!" on a $5 bill and handed it over. The two carried the bet throughout the game: double-or-nothing in the second, triple-or-nothing in the third, and in OT, Turco accepted "5-to-1 odds that the Canadiens would win the game."

When Montreal's P.K. Subban ended the game in overtime, Turco handed over the cash and Robert's original bill — with an edited note. The Sun-Times points out that the NHL set a bit of a precedent for this kind of incident back in January, when it fined Ron Wilson for offering his players a cash reward for a game-winning goal. But this is wholly harmless. This is an idling veteran bored enough on the bench to joke with a fan.

And with enough of a sense of humor to write that he, veteran back-up, still "rules."

UPDATE: From TSN's Darren Dreger: "There was no 'wad of $5 bills' exchanged between Turco and a fan last night. Turco says he gave back the original $5. Good, clean fun..." (H/T Mike)


Bill photo via Puck Daddy, Turco photo via @MoeKhan19.