Douglas Murray (ice hockey)

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Douglas Murray
Douglas Murray 2013-05-09.JPG
With the Penguins during the 2013 playoffs.
Born (1980-03-12) March 12, 1980 (age 34)
Bromma, Sweden
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 245 lb (111 kg; 17 st 7 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Montreal Canadiens
Pittsburgh Penguins
San Jose Sharks
National team  Sweden
NHL Draft 241st overall, 1999
San Jose Sharks
Playing career 2003–present

Douglas Thomas Lars Murray (born March 12, 1980), also known under the nickname Crankshaft,[1] is a Swedish ice hockey player defenceman who currently plays for the Montreal Canadiens. He was drafted in the 8th round, 241st overall by the San Jose Sharks in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft and played 8 seasons with the Sharks before he was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins in March 2013. On August 22, 2013 he signed as an unrestricted free-agent with the Canadiens.

Playing career[edit]

From 1999–2000 to 2002–03, he played for Cornell University. While at Cornell, he served as captain his senior year and was twice named a first team All-American. In the 2003–04 and the locked-out 2004–05 season he played for San Jose's minor league affiliate, the Cleveland Barons, and contributed both offensively and defensively, leading the team in plus/minus and being second on the team in points for a defenseman. He also served as an alternate captain.

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During the 2005–06 NHL season, he was called up to San Jose, due to various injuries plaguing the team's defense. In his short time there that season, he gained praise for his physical presence, as well as solid defense, from such San Jose organization members as TV color commentator Drew Remenda.

Murray renewed his contract with the Sharks in June 2006, signing a three-year-deal worth US$1.65 million. Part of that deal was a $150,000 signing bonus.[citation needed] In late September 2008, he agreed to a four-year contract extension with the Sharks supposedly worth US$10 million.[2]

His first NHL goal was scored in his 115th career game on February 21, 2008, against Martin Biron of the Philadelphia Flyers.

In the pre-season game of September 26, 2009, Murray performed a hat trick, scoring 3 even strength goals against the Anaheim Ducks, leading to the 6–0 shutout victory, though it was unofficial due to it being in the pre-season. If it had been in the regular season, it would have been his first career NHL hat trick.

In 2010, he was chosen as the 16th-smartest athlete in sports by Sporting News.[3]

On March 25, 2013, the Sharks traded Murray to the Pittsburgh Penguins for Pittsburgh's second round pick in the 2013 draft and a conditional second round pick in 2014. The Sharks later received the conditional pick due to Pittsburgh's progression through two rounds in the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs.[4]

On August 22, 2013, Murray signed as a free agent to a one-year contract worth $1.5 million with the Montreal Canadiens.[5]

International play[edit]

During the 2008 IIHF World Championship, Murray checked Russian player Aleksey Morozov out of the game. Morozov suffered a severe concussion,[citation needed] while Murray received a match penalty.[6]

Murray represented Sweden in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

Personal[edit]

At practice with the Pens in 2013.

Murray's maternal grandfather is Swedish hockey player and Olympic bronze-medalist Lasse Björn. His paternal ancestors originate from Scotland. While his cousins all have Swedish names, his mother gave her children Scottish or English names. Murray's brothers are named Charles and Ted, with a sister named Roseanna.[7]

Murray attended Portledge School in Locust Valley, NY for his junior and senior years of prep school, playing for the New York Apple Core in nearby Long Beach, before attending Cornell University. He graduated from Cornell in 2003 with a B.S. degree in hotel administration.[8]

He is also the co-founder and managing partner of Uber Dispensing Co, which manufactures the UberTap, a hands-free three-spout keg tap invented by Murray and several friends from Cornell. Incidentally, while Murray represented Sweden in ice hockey at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, another of the company's co-founders, Jamie Moriarty, represented the U.S. in four-man bobsled at the same Olympics. He once rang the bell at the New York Mercantile Exchange in the summer of 2006.[9]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1996–97 Djurgårdens IF J20 4 0 0 0 6
1998–99 New York Apple Core EJHL 60 17 47 64 62
1999–00 Cornell Big Red ECAC 32 3 6 9 38
2000–01 Cornell Big Red ECAC 25 5 13 18 39
2001–02 Cornell Big Red ECAC 35 11 21 32 67
2002–03 Cornell Big Red ECAC 35 5 20 25 30
2003–04 Cleveland Barons AHL 72 10 12 22 75 9 3 0 3 37
2004–05 Cleveland Barons AHL 54 6 17 23 56
2005–06 Cleveland Barons AHL 20 1 7 8 37
2005–06 San Jose Sharks NHL 34 0 1 1 27
2006–07 San Jose Sharks NHL 35 0 3 3 31
2006–07 Worcester Sharks AHL 5 2 1 3 8
2007–08 San Jose Sharks NHL 66 1 9 10 98 13 1 1 2 2
2008–09 San Jose Sharks NHL 75 0 7 7 38 6 0 0 0 9
2009–10 San Jose Sharks NHL 79 4 13 17 66 15 1 6 7 8
2010–11 San Jose Sharks NHL 73 1 13 14 44 18 0 1 1 8
2011–12 San Jose Sharks NHL 60 0 4 4 31 5 0 0 0 19
2012–13 Djurgårdens IF Swe.1 14 1 2 3 36
2012–13 San Jose Sharks NHL 29 0 3 3 26
2012–13 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 14 1 2 3 9 15 2 1 3 32
NHL totals 465 7 55 62 370 72 4 8 13 78

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2008 Sweden WC 4th 5 0 0 0 27
2010 Sweden Oly 5th 4 0 0 0 0
Senior int'l totals00000 9 0 0 0 27

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year
All-ECAC Hockey First Team 2001–02
All-ECAC Hockey First Team 2002–03
  • Named to the NCAA East First All-American Team in 2002 and 2003.
  • Named to the ECAC All-Tournament Team in 2003.
  • Named to the ECAC Best Defensive Defenceman in 2003.
  • Nominated to the Hobey Baker Memorial Award Final Ten in 2003.
  • Awarded the Cleveland Barons Rubbermaid "Player of the Year" (along with Josh Gorges) in 2005.

Records[edit]

  • San Jose Sharks record for hits in a game – 9 (tie) – set April 2, 2011[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Crankshaft – Pittsburgh Penguins – Features". Pittsburgh Penguins. March 27, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Rugged defenseman Murray, Sharks agree on four-year extension". ESPN.com. 2008-09-24. Retrieved 2008-09-25. 
  3. ^ "SN names the 20 smartest athletes in sports". Sporting News. September 27, 2010. 
  4. ^ Muir, Allan (March 25, 2013). "Penguins strike again, add Douglas Murray from San Jose". SI.com. Retrieved 25 March 2013. 
  5. ^ "Canadiens reach agreement with Murray". The Sports Network. 2013-08-22. Retrieved 2013-08-22. 
  6. ^ "Russian guns on stun". IIHF. 2008-05-11. Retrieved 2008-05-11. 
  7. ^ Hickey, Pat (2008-05-09). "Murray stands tall for Sweden". The Gazette. Retrieved 2008-05-11. 
  8. ^ Khing, Tony (February 22, 2011). "A Passion For The Palate". San Jose Sharks. Retrieved May 24, 2011. 
  9. ^ Sportak, Randy (2008-04-12). "Sharks blueliner finds Swede way to tap into kegs". Calgary Sun. 
  10. ^ Pollak, David (April 3, 2011). "San Jose Sharks rally to beat Anaheim Ducks". San Jose Mercury News. Archived from the original on May 24, 2011. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Brian McMeekin
ECAC Hockey Best Defensive Defenseman
2002–03
Succeeded by
Scott Ford