Troy Murray

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Troy Murray
Born (1962-07-31) July 31, 1962 (age 52)
Calgary, AB, CAN
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)
Position Centre
Shot Right
Played for Chicago Blackhawks
Winnipeg Jets
Ottawa Senators
Pittsburgh Penguins
Colorado Avalanche
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 57th overall, 1980
Chicago Blackhawks
Playing career 1982–1997

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.

Playing career[edit]

Amateur career[edit]

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.

Professional career[edit]

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.[1] 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.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1978–79 St. Albert Saints AJHL 60 33 47 80 91
1979–80 St. Albert Saints AJHL 60 53 47 100 101
1979–80 Lethbridge Broncos WHL 2 1 1 2 2
1980–81 North Dakota Fighting Sioux WCHA 38 33 45 78 28
1981–82 North Dakota Fighting Sioux WCHA 42 22 29 51 62
1981–82 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 7 1 0 1 5
1982–83 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 54 8 8 16 27 2 0 0 0 0
1983–84 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 61 15 15 30 45 5 1 0 1 7
1984–85 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 80 26 40 66 82 15 5 14 19 24
1985–86 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 80 45 54 99 94 2 0 0 0 2
1986–87 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 77 28 43 71 59 4 0 0 0 5
1987–88 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 79 22 36 58 96 5 1 0 1 8
1988–89 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 79 21 30 51 113 16 3 6 9 25
1989–90 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 68 17 38 55 86 20 4 4 8 22
1990–91 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 75 14 23 37 74 6 0 1 1 12
1991–92 Winnipeg Jets NHL 74 17 30 47 69 7 0 0 0 2
1992–93 Winnipeg Jets NHL 29 3 4 7 34
1992–93 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 22 1 3 4 25 4 0 0 0 2
1993–94 Indianapolis Ice IHL 8 3 3 6 12
1993–94 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 12 0 1 1 6
1993–94 Ottawa Senators NHL 15 2 3 5 4
1994–95 Ottawa Senators NHL 33 4 10 14 16
1994–95 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 13 0 2 2 23 12 2 1 3 12
1995–96 Colorado Avalanche NHL 63 7 14 21 22 8 0 0 0 19
1996–97 Chicago Wolves IHL 81 21 29 50 63 4 0 2 2 2
NHL totals 914 230 354 584 875 113 17 26 43 145
Medal record
Competitor for  Canada
Ice hockey
World Junior Championships
Gold 1982 USA

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
1982 Canada WJC 1st 7 4 4 8 6
1987 Canada WC 4th 10 2 2 4 14
Junior totals 7 4 4 8 6
Senior totals 10 2 2 4 14

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year
College
All-WCHA Second Team 1981
All-WCHA Second Team 1982
NCAA Title 1982
NHL
Frank J. Selke Trophy 1986
Stanley Cup (Colorado Avalanche) 1996

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1980 NHL draft". hockeydraftcentral.com. 2008-03-20. Retrieved 2009-02-10. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Randy Carlyle
Thomas Steen
Winnipeg Jets captain
199193
Succeeded by
Dean Kennedy
Preceded by
Craig Ramsay
Winner of the Frank J. Selke Trophy
1986
Succeeded by
Dave Poulin