Bob Murdoch (ice hockey, born 1946)

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For another Canadian ice hockey player, see Bob Murdoch (ice hockey, born 1954).
Bob Murdoch
Born (1946-11-20) November 20, 1946 (age 70)
Kirkland Lake, ON, CAN
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 211 lb (96 kg; 15 st 1 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Right
Played for Montreal Canadiens
Los Angeles Kings
Atlanta Flames
Calgary Flames
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 1970–1982

Robert John "Bob" Murdoch (born November 20, 1946) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey defenceman and coach. Murdoch played 12 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Montreal Canadiens, Los Angeles Kings, Atlanta Flames and Calgary Flames and coached 10 seasons in the National Hockey League with the Calgary Flames, Chicago Blackhawks, Winnipeg Jets and San Jose Sharks.[1] He won the Stanley Cup in 1971 and 1973 while with Montreal.

Coaching career[edit]

Murdoch coached 80 games with the Chicago Blackhawks during the 1987–88 season, compiling a record of 30–41–9, with a .413 win percentage. He was succeed as Hawk coach by Mike Keenan the following season.[2]

During the 1989–1990 season, Murdoch was named the head coach of the Winnipeg Jets. After missing the playoffs the previous season, the Jets went 37–32–11 for 85 points and 3rd in the Smythe Division, making the playoffs but losing to the eventual Stanley Cup Champion Edmonton Oilers in seven games. Murdoch was seen as an important part of the Jets quick turn around, winning the Jack Adams Award as the NHL's coach of the year.

Despite the success of the previous season, however, the Jets struggled in 1990–1991, finishing in the Smythe Division cellar at 26–43–11, and missing the playoffs completely. Murdoch was fired at season's end, being replaced by John Paddock.

Murdoch would become an Associate Coach for the San Jose Sharks during the 1991–1992 and 1992–1993 NHL seasons. Afterwards, he departed for Europe, and has since coached several teams in Germany's DEL.

Coaching record[edit]

Team Year Regular season Post season
G W L T Pts Division rank Result
CHI 1987–88 80 30 41 9 69 3rd in Norris Lost in First round
WPG 1989–90 80 37 32 11 85 3rd in Smythe Lost in First round
WPG 1990–91 80 26 43 11 63 5th in Smythe Missed Playoffs
Total 240 93 116 31 217

Awards and achievements[edit]

International play[edit]

  • 1968–69 – Member of Canadian National Team
  • 1969–70 – Member of Canadian National Team


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Preceded by
Rick Bowness
Head coach of the original Winnipeg Jets
Succeeded by
John Paddock
Preceded by
Bob Pulford
Head coach of the Chicago Blackhawks
Succeeded by
Mike Keenan
Preceded by
Bryan Murray
Head coach of the Ottawa Senators
Succeeded by
Bryan Murray
Preceded by
Pat Burns
Winner of the Jack Adams Award
Succeeded by
Brian Sutter