July 31, 1962 |
Calgary, AB, CAN
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight||195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)|
|Played for||Chicago Blackhawks
|NHL Draft||57th overall, 1980
Troy Norman Murray (born July 31, 1962) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey centre who played in the NHL. He is currently the color analyst on WGN-AM broadcasts of Chicago Blackhawks hockey games. Murray was born in Calgary, Alberta, but grew up in St. Albert, Alberta.
Murray played part of two seasons (1978–1980) with the St. Albert Saints of the Alberta Junior Hockey League. He also played briefly in two games with the Lethbridge Broncos of the Western Hockey League. In two seasons at the University of North Dakota, he was twice named to the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Second All-Star Team in 1981 and 1982. He led North Dakota in scoring as a freshman and helped them capture a NCAA Title in 1982. In 1982, Murray was chosen to play for Team Canada at the World Junior Ice Hockey Championships. He was named team captain and led the team to a gold medal victory.
Murray was drafted out of the University of North Dakota by the Chicago Black Hawks with the 57th overall selection in the 3rd Round of the 1980 NHL Entry Draft. He made his National Hockey League debut in the 1981–82 season playoffs on April 4, 1982, against the Minnesota North Stars where he scored his first ever NHL goal. The Black Hawks would be defeated in the Division Finals against the St. Louis Blues. His first ever NHL regular season goal came against the Toronto Maple Leafs and he would finish his rookie season with 16 points in 54 games. Murray's career peaked duirng the 1985-86 season, as he scored 99 points. He was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy for best defensive forward in the league that year.
In 1991-92, Murray was traded to the Winnipeg Jets along with teammate Warren Rychel for Bryan Marchment and Chris Norton. Murray was named team captain and finished with 47 points in 79 games that season. His stay in Winnipeg was short-lived as he was reacquired by the Blackhawks in 1992-93. A year later he was again traded, this time to the Ottawa Senators. He was the only player on the team to finish with a plus rating. Murray was traded in 1994-95 to the Pittsburgh Penguins. He played in 13 games with them before being traded again in 1995-96 to the Colorado Avalanche. Murray and the Avalanche made it all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals where they defeated the Florida Panthers in four games. Murray won his first and only Stanley Cup with the Avalanche. Murray remained in hockey for one more year with the Chicago Wolves of the International Hockey League before retiring in 1997.
Murray finished his career scoring 230 goals and 354 assists in 915 career NHL games. Murray played in twelve seasons with the Blackhawks, and ranks 14th on the Blackhawks all-time assists list with 291, 15th on the all-time points list with 488, and 18th all-time in goals with 197.
Until January 23, 2011, Murray was the last Blackhawk player to successfully convert on a penalty shot at home against Kari Takko of the Minnesota North Stars back in 1987. Marian Hossa is now the latest Blackhawk player to do so.
Murray served as the TV studio analyst from the start of the 1998–99 season until November 13, 2003 when he was named TV color commentator.
Awards and achievements
|Competitor for Canada|
|World Junior Championships|
|Gold||1982 USA||Ice Hockey|
- NCAA Title winner in 1982.
- Selected to the WCHA Second All-Star Team in 1981, 1982.
- Frank J. Selke Trophy winner in 1986.
- Stanley Cup champion in 1996.
|1978–79||St. Albert Saints||AJHL||60||33||47||80||91||—||—||—||—||—|
|1979–80||St. Albert Saints||AJHL||60||53||47||100||101||—||—||—||—||—|
|1980–81||North Dakota Fighting Sioux||WCHA||38||33||45||78||28||—||—||—||—||—|
|1981–82||North Dakota Fighting Sioux||WCHA||42||22||29||51||62||—||—||—||—||—|
|Junior int'l totals||7||4||4||8||6|
|Senior int'l totals||10||2||2||4||14|
Murray studied business administration and engineering at North Dakota, making dean's list as a freshman. He completed his degree at DePaul University during off-seasons while playing in Chicago.
Married, Murray and his wife Konnie have three children, Blake, Julia and Phoebe. A rink in St. Albert, Alberta, was named Troy Murray Arena in his honor.
- "1980 NHL draft". hockeydraftcentral.com. 2008-03-20. Retrieved 2009-02-10.
|Winnipeg Jets captain
|Winner of the Frank J. Selke Trophy