Timo Turunen started playing Suomi-sarja for Töölön Vesa. As Jokerit was founded in 1967 to replace his original team, he made a natural and effortless switch to the new start-up.
Turunen quickly became the front for the new team and a true manifestation of skill-based ice hockey during the first years of Jokerit. He never represented any other team on the top league level in Finland.
Relatively small Turunen led the famous "cap gun line" with Timo Kyntölä and Pentti Hiiros playing on his sides. Altogether the center forward played eight seasons and 263 matches for Jokerit with 194+123=317 points. He places fourth in the all-time scorers list for the club, and is the second best goal scorer in club history. In 1972–73 he was the top goals and points scorer in the Finnish Elite League. He also topped the points scoring next season. During the season 1977–78 he was chosen to the All Stars line-up of the League.
Turunen was the team captain for Jokerit during 1971–76 seasons and partly during 1977–78.
In the national team Turunen played 62 international ‘A’ matches with 16+9=25 points. He represented Finland in 1972 Sapporo Olympics, and twice in the World Cup. In 2004 Turunen was knighted as the “Hockey Lion of Finland” number 144.