Don Murdoch

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Donald Walter Murdoch (born October 25, 1956 in Cranbrook, British Columbia) is a retired former professional ice hockey player. After a standout junior career with the Medicine Hat Tigers, Murdoch made the New York Rangers as a 20-year-old and had an impressive rookie scoring 56 points in 59 games his rookie season. A torn Achilles tendon ended his season in February.

In the offseason in 1977 after his first season, Murdoch was caught by customs agents in Toronto with 4.5 grams of cocaine stashed in his socks. He was suspended by the league and later admitted to having a drinking and drug problem.[1] He played 320 career games in the NHL but never regained the form of his first season, and retired after stops with the Edmonton Oilers and Detroit Red Wings. Murdoch had a reputation as a partier since his rookie year, and was once even romantically linked with Margaret Trudeau.[2]

After his playing career, Murdoch worked as a scout for the Tampa Bay Lightning, under general manager Phil Esposito.

Distant cousin of former Ranger Murray Murdoch. http://rangers.nhl.com/club/atrplayer.htm?id=8449735

Legacy[edit]

In the book 100 Ranger Greats (John Wiley & Sons, 2009) by Russ Cohen, John Halligan and Adam Raider, the authors ranked Murdoch No. 99 on the all-time list of New York Rangers.

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1974–75 Medicine Hat Tigers WCHL 70 82 59 141 83 5 1 5 6 15
1975–76 Medicine Hat Tigers WCHL 70 88 77 165 202 7 4 3 7 23
1976–77 New York Rangers NHL 59 32 24 56 47
1977–78 New York Rangers NHL 66 27 28 55 41 3 1 3 4 4
1978–79 New York Rangers NHL 40 15 21 36 6 18 7 5 12 12
1979–80 New York Rangers NHL 56 23 19 42 16
1979–80 Edmonton Oilers NHL 10 5 2 7 4 3 2 0 2 0
1980–81 Wichita Wind CHL 22 15 10 25 48 18 17 7 24 24
1980–81 Edmonton Oilers NHL 40 10 9 19 18
1981–82 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 24 11 13 24 24 4 5 0 5 14
1981–82 Detroit Red Wings NHL 49 9 13 22 23
1982–83 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 35 10 12 22 19
1983–84 Montana Magic CHL 17 10 10 20 2
1983–84 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 59 26 20 46 19
1984–85 Muskegon Lumberjacks IHL 32 18 13 31 4 16 6 3 9 26
1985–86 Muskegon Lumberjacks IHL 12 4 4 8 0
1985–86 Indianapolis Checkers IHL 11 4 3 7 4
1985–86 Toledo Goaldiggers IHL 37 15 23 38 8
NHL totals 320 121 116 237 155 24 10 8 18 16

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Murdoch's biography at Hockey Draft Central
  2. ^ Future Greats and Heartbreaks, Gare Joyce, 2007, pg.8
Preceded by
Wayne Dillon
New York Rangers first round draft pick
1976
Succeeded by
Lucien DeBlois