July 12, 1946 |
Melrose, MA, USA
|Height||5 ft 11 in (180 cm)|
|Weight||185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)|
New England Whalers
Oklahoma City Blazers
|National team||United States|
Paul Michael Hurley (born July 12, 1946) in Everett, Massachusetts, grew up playing hockey in Melrose, Massachusetts, is a professional ice hockey player who played 477 games in the World Hockey Association and 1 game in the National Hockey League between 1969 and 1977.
At Melrose high school, he was a 3-time Middlesex all-star, 2-time first team all-scholastic, 2-time first team high school all-American and 2-time award winner as the outstanding defenseman for the New England school boy tournament. Paul was part of the school's undefeated 1962 team that won the Middlesex league, State and New England school boy hockey champions. During 1963 at Melrose High School, Paul tied for the league scoring championship while playing defense. He was first team Middlesex all-star, all-State and New England tournament all-star (for 2 years straight), scoring 26 goals. Paul was inducted into the first Melrose High School sports hall of fame.
Paul went to Deerfield Academy for 1-year post graduate in 1964. He had 31 goals as a defenseman and was recognized as a first team all-prep all-star.
During his freshman year at Boston College, he led the freshman Boston College Eaglets with 22 goals in 18 games as a defenseman. During his junior year, the only year he played forward, Hurley scored 32 goals in 28 games and had 6 hat tricks. During his college career, he was an All-New England, All-East and first team All-American award recipient. After his junior year, Paul joined the U.S. National Hockey Team and played both defense and forward positions in Grenoble, France. During his senior year, Paul was recognized as the team MVP and was a first team All-American defenseman. Paul was later inducted into the Boston College sports hall of fame.
National Hockey League
At the end of his senior year of college hockey, Hurley was signed as a free agent by the Boston Bruins. He played his first and only NHL professional hockey game, on March 30, 1969. During that game Hurley and Ron Murphy assisted on Phil Esposito's 48th goal of the season making the Bruins the first team to reach 300 goals in a season; they finished with 303 goals.
World Hockey Association
Paul started his WHA career with the New England Whalers in 1972-1973 and was part of the team's AVCO Cup champions of the World Hockey Association. In 1975, while with the Whalers, Paul won the team's Unsung Hero Award.
Awards and honors
|All-ECAC Hockey First Team||1968–69|
|AHCA East All-American||1968–69|