Murray Murdoch

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Murray Murdoch
Murdoch in a 1935 newspaper
Born (1904-05-19)May 19, 1904
Lucknow, ON, CAN
Died May 17, 2001(2001-05-17) (aged 96)
Georgetown, SC, USA
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 178 lb (81 kg; 12 st 10 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shot Left
Played for New York Rangers
Playing career 1925–1938

John Murray Murdoch (May 19, 1904 – May 17, 2001) was a Canadian professional ice hockey player and coach.

Murdoch was born in Lucknow, Ontario and raised in Edgerton, Alberta. His parents were Walter Dryden Murdoch (b. 1875) and Jennie Bell "Jane" Murray (b. 1878). He received a Bachelor's degree in mathematics from the University of Manitoba where he played hockey from 1921 to 1924. He played left wing for the New York Rangers in 508 games with 84 goals and 108 assists from the Rangers' first season in the 1926–27 NHL season until the 1936–37 NHL season. From 1938 to 1965, he was the fourth head coach of Yale University hockey team. In 1974, he was awarded the Lester Patrick Trophy for his contribution to hockey in the United States.

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John Murray Murdoch has several relationships with NHL players:

1. Dave Dryden and Ken Dryden are his first cousins twice removed. J. Murray Murdoch's parents were Jane Murray and Walter Murdoch (b 1875). Walter's half sister Maggie Murdoch (1855-1926) married Andrew Dryden (1849-1922). Their great grandsons are Dave and Ken Dryden.

2. Mark Messier and Paul Messier are related by marriage through Murray Murdoch's wife, Marie Heinrich. Marie was the daughter of George Heinrich and Ina Dea (d 1936). Ina's brother John Dea (d 1943 in World War II) married Alice Dodd Stiles (1911-1999). Their grandson's are the Messier brothers. The Messier's sister is married to Mark Blum.

3. Billy Dea is also related by marriage. Ina Dea and John Dea's brother Howard is Billy Dea's father. Howard played pro hockey too. Another one of the Dea's siblings, their sister Christine, married Murray Murdoch's uncle (his Dad, Walter's brother), Lovell Steele Murdoch (1881-1963) - their children being Murray Murdoch's cousins. Billy Dea is John Wisniewski's uncle.

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