October 25, 1956 |
Cranbrook, BC, CAN
|Height||6 ft 02 in (188 cm)|
|Weight||210 lb (95 kg; 15 st 0 lb)|
|Played for||New York Rangers
Detroit Red Wings
|NHL Draft||6th overall, 1976
New York Rangers
|WHA Draft||12th overall, 1976
Donald Walter Murdoch (born October 25, 1956 in Cranbrook, British Columbia) is a Canadian retired former professional ice hockey player. After a standout junior career with the Medicine Hat Tigers, Murdoch made the New York Rangers as a 20-year-old and had an impressive rookie season, scoring 56 points in 59 games his rookie season, including a Rangers rookie record of 32 goals. On October 12, 1976, Murdoch tied Howie Meeker's record for most goals in one game by a rookie with 5, against the Minnesota North Stars. A torn Achilles tendon ended his season in February.
In the offseason in 1977 after his first season, Murdoch was caught by customs agents in Toronto with 4.5 grams of cocaine stashed in his socks. He was suspended by the league for the entire 1978-79 season (later reduced to 40 games) and later admitted to having a drinking and drug problem.
As a New York Ranger in the 1980-1981 season, he would set a club record for most single-season game-winning goals in a season (9), which would later be tied by Mark Messier (1996–97) and Jaromír Jágr (2005-06).
In the book 100 Ranger Greats (John Wiley & Sons, 2009) by Russ Cohen, John Halligan and Adam Raider, the authors ranked Murdoch No. 99 on the all-time list of New York Rangers.
|1974–75||Medicine Hat Tigers||WCHL||70||82||59||141||83||5||1||5||6||15|
|1975–76||Medicine Hat Tigers||WCHL||70||88||77||165||202||7||4||3||7||23|
|1976–77||New York Rangers||NHL||59||32||24||56||47||—||—||—||—||—|
|1977–78||New York Rangers||NHL||66||27||28||55||41||3||1||3||4||4|
|1978–79||New York Rangers||NHL||40||15||21||36||6||18||7||5||12||12|
|1979–80||New York Rangers||NHL||56||23||19||42||16||—||—||—||—||—|
|1981–82||Adirondack Red Wings||AHL||24||11||13||24||24||4||5||0||5||14|
|1981–82||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||49||9||13||22||23||—||—||—||—||—|
|1982–83||Adirondack Red Wings||AHL||35||10||12||22||19||—||—||—||—||—|
|1983–84||Adirondack Red Wings||AHL||59||26||20||46||19||—||—||—||—||—|
- Don Murdoch's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
- Don Murdoch's biography at Legends of Hockey
- Weiner, Evan (13 October 2007). "Murdoch's NHL career was like a comet". NHL.com. Retrieved 12 December 2015.
- Zipay, Steve (2008). The good, the bad, and the ugly. heart-pounding, jaw-dropping, and gut-wrenching moments in New York Rangers history. Chicago, Ill.: Triumph Books. p. 43. ISBN 1572439653. Retrieved 12 December 2015.
- McRae, Earl (5 January 1979). "Season on ice: Murdoch played a losing game". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 12 December 2015.
- Murdoch's biography at Hockey Draft Central
- "Don Murdoch". New York Rangers. Retrieved 12 December 2015.
|New York Rangers first round draft pick
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