Real Jean Turcotte

September 25, 1940June 15, 2020

It is with great sadness and heartbreak that we share the news of the passing of our beloved founder, Real Turcotte after a battle with CHF. Real was born in East Angus, Quebec in 1940. He attended primary school in Quebec before attending Michigan State University on a hockey scholarship. While at MSU he studied math and received a degree in teaching. He taught high school math and relaxation classes for many years in the Lansing area while driving his sons to hockey in Waterford. Real shared his love of the game and taught the Art of Stickhandling to thousands of young children and adults for over 50 years. A true pioneer in teaching hockey and individual skill development while creating the youth hockey program in the Detroit area in the 1970's. Real gave opportunity to young men and women to play at a high level of hockey from AAA to juniors, college level, Olympians and Pros. A humble, kind and gentle man who had a fierce determination to win with his skill development and moves. Real is survived by his wife Carol, sons Alfie (Colleen) Jeff (Kim) step children Lindsay and Matthew. Grandchildren Nicolas, Gabrielle, Alex, Cooper, Jennifer (Brian) Tara, Tanner, Kensley, Elizabeth and great grandchildren Ty and Brody Gibbons. Beloved sister Cecile (Bruce) Rejean (Clair) Pierre (Marie-Claude) and several nephews and nieces. The family will honor Real's wishes with a private service but would like to remind you to "practice your moves 10 minutes a day".


Real Jean Turcotte

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gaston leclerc

February 10, 2021

I am a Montrealer and graduated with Réal in 1958 at a school in Saint-Henri where he lived. He was a quiet guy and quite a hockey player. I offer my sincere condolences to all his family A sa sœur et à ses frères, acceptez mes salutations les plus chaleureuses. RIP to a very good person.

Dale Osborne

January 6, 2021

I looked to find a current email for Real after tonight's hockey game where Alex scored the winning goal with a phenomenal touch deflection of a point shot. Very saddened to see of Real's passing.

Real's legacy is the success of "Turcotte Stickhandling".
Thousands of hockey players have benefitted from the stickhandling school he founded and should be grateful for his passion for helping youth improve their puck skills.
My son (David Osborne) and a couple buddies (Mike Glaicar and Colin Lidster) worked for him in western Canada for a couple years about 10 years ago and loved every minute of it.

Real you left a legacy that few appreciate, but I know that it lead to the winning goal in the 2021 World Jr, Hockey Championship Gold medal game scored by none other than your grandson!!!!

Dale Osborne (
PS. Jeff coached the California Wave team that competed in KIBIT in 2003 ( and won) against my son David.

John Werk

January 2, 2021

My condolence to the Turcotte family. I had many opportunities to be around Real. Each time we were together I walked away richer for the experience. I remember one time before a youth ice hockey practice he was singing that Pat Benitar song - "One way or another - I'm gonna get cha get cha get cha get cha".

Lorri Miller

December 27, 2020

Alife and boo. So sorry for your loss lots of great memories of your dad and family when u lived at park west apartments in lansing My sisters Amy and Beth and I played sports with both of you as your dad was always giving us instructions. Good times with all of you and your mom Sherri too. God bless

Lorri Miller
Lansing mi

Rick Carrow

September 12, 2020

I was a stick boy at Michigan State when Real came there to play. He was always my favorite and over time became a good friend. I will always remember the late nights at Dem Hall when he was the night watchman and a number of us used to skate until the wee hours of the morning. Real gave so much to so many young hockey players in the East Lansing area and I am Blessed to have been one of them. I will keep the Turcotte Family in my Prayers and close to my Heart as time moved forward.

Rick Carrow

karen moss

August 13, 2020

I was a student of Mr. Turcottes at Sexton High School. I still talk about the relaxation sessions he taught. Dropping a pile of books beside your head to see if you flinch, or remain relaxed. We had to learn all the parts of the brain. It was a very interesting class and progressive for that time.

Sympathy to his family.

Rick Guggemos

July 31, 2020

Great teacher! I remember in 1974 at Sexton, he taught a class in neuromuscular relaxation. He would also hypnotize people including me in the class. What a funny and wonderful person! One of my favorite teachers ever! I have a smile on my face just thinking about him. This photo is a great way to remember him! Much love, Mr. Turcotte aka Turc! The world is a better place thanks to you!

Ken Pranger

July 30, 2020

I believe Real was my high school (O'Rafferty in Lansing) business class instructor. We were aware of his hockey background and so this must be him. I was not aware of the hockey schools or anything after we left high school but he was one of the best teachers I had in the school and knew what he was doing. It wasn't easy keeping order with a bunch of screwballs but he did it with ease. Condolences to the family.

Doug Mackey

July 25, 2020

Real touched my lives at Sexton High School. He was driven and loved to teach.
Thank you Mr. Turcotte!

Steve Dickinson

July 22, 2020

You knew you were in for an intense learning experience when you took a clinic and got coached by Real. He was the real deal. His passion was cushioned with kindness. He sure did know hockey. What a privilege it was to have him in our community.