Murray Oliver

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Murray Oliver
Murray Oliver.JPG
Born (1937-11-14)November 14, 1937
Hamilton, ON, CAN
Died November 23, 2014(2014-11-23) (aged 77)
Edina, MN, USA
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 165 lb (75 kg; 11 st 11 lb)
Position Centre
Shot Left
Played for Boston Bruins
Detroit Red Wings
Minnesota North Stars
Toronto Maple Leafs
Playing career 1958–1975

Murray Clifford Oliver (November 14, 1937 – November 23, 2014) was a Canadian ice hockey centre, coach, and scout.[1]

Playing career[edit]

Oliver grew up in Hamilton and played junior hockey with the Hamilton Tiger Cubs of the Ontario Hockey Association. After scoring 90 points in 52 games as a 20-year-old, he signed a professional contract and was assigned to the Edmonton Flyers, a Detroit Red Wings affiliate. As an NHL rookie during the 1959-60 season, he scored 20 goals. However, Detroit was loaded at the centre position, which made Oliver expendable. He was traded to the Boston Bruins part way through the next season.[1]

Oliver played for the Bruins until 1967. While in Boston, Oliver centered the B.O.W. line with wingers Johnny Bucyk & Tommy Williams, where he starred as a crafty stickhandler and patient playmaker. He put up a NHL career high 68 points in 1964, despite knee surgery the prior season. [2] He was traded in 1967 to the Toronto Maple Leafs, where he centered a line for three years with Bob Pulford and Ron Ellis.[3]

Oliver was traded on May 22 1970 (announced May 26) to the Minnesota North Stars in exchange for Terry O'Malley, the rights to Brian Conacher and cash. Previously, the Maple Leafs had attempted to trade Oliver to the St. Louis Blues for goaltender Jacques Plante, but an excess of centre position players for St. Louis prevented the deal.[2] Similarly, the Chicago Black Hawks were involved in a possible trade, but Chicago's price of Oliver and Bob Pulford in exchange for Jim Pappin was too high for the Maple Leafs, prompting the trade to Minnesota.[2] Oliver would play five seasons with the North Stars. He scored a NHL career high 27 goals in 1971-72. In 1975, after a bitter contract dispute with Stars management, he retired. In 18 seasons, he played 1127 regular season games and scored 274 goals with 454 assists for a total of 728 points. He was an NHL All-Star five times. After retiring he was hired by former teammate Lou Nanne as Minnesota's assistant coach. He worked with the club until the 1985–86 NHL season, with 37 games as head coach. He was as a scout with the Vancouver Canucks and later took over as the club's director of pro scouting.[3] On November 23, 2014 he died of a heart attack at the age of 77.[4]

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1953–54 Burlington Mohawks CJHL
1953–54 Hamilton Tiger Cubs OHA-Jr. 2 0 2 2 0 5 1 0 1 0
1954–55 Hamilton Tiger Cubs OHA-Jr. 39 5 13 18 19 3 2 0 2 0
1955–56 Hamilton Tiger Cubs OHA-Jr. 5 1 1 2 2
1956–57 Hamilton Tiger Cubs OHA-Jr. 52 17 42 59 20 4 3 1 4 0
1957–58 Hamilton Tiger Cubs OHA-Jr. 52 34 56 90 37 4 2 5 7 8
1957–58 Detroit Red Wings NHL 1 0 1 1 0
1958–59 Edmonton Flyers WHL 64 33 34 67 35 3 1 1 2 0
1959–60 Detroit Red Wings NHL 54 20 19 39 16 6 1 0 1 4
1959–60 Edmonton Flyers WHL 16 8 12 20 6
1960–61 Detroit Red Wings NHL 49 11 12 23 8
1960–61 Boston Bruins NHL 21 6 10 16 8
1961–62 Boston Bruins NHL 70 17 29 46 21
1962–63 Boston Bruins NHL 65 22 40 62 38
1963–64 Boston Bruins NHL 70 24 44 68 41
1964–65 Boston Bruins NHL 65 20 23 43 30
1965–66 Boston Bruins NHL 70 18 42 60 30
1966–67 Boston Bruins NHL 65 9 26 35 16
1967–68 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 74 16 21 37 18
1968–69 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 76 14 36 50 16 4 1 2 3 0
1969–70 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 76 14 33 47 16
1970–71 Minnesota North Stars NHL 61 9 23 32 8 12 7 4 11 0
1971–72 Minnesota North Stars NHL 77 27 29 56 16 7 0 6 6 4
1972–73 Minnesota North Stars NHL 75 11 31 42 10 6 0 4 4 2
1973–74 Minnesota North Stars NHL 78 17 20 37 4
1974–75 Minnesota North Stars NHL 80 19 15 34 24
NHL totals 1127 274 454 728 320 35 9 16 25 10

NHL Coaching record[edit]

Team Year Regular season Post season
G W L T Pts Finish Result
Minnesota North Stars 1982–83 37 18 12 7 (96) 2nd in Norris Lost in Division Finals

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cole, Stephen (2006). The Canadian Hockey Atlas. Doubleday Canada. ISBN 978-0-385-66093-8. 
  2. ^ a b Oliver, Greg. Written in Blue & White. ECW Press. p. 148. 
  3. ^ Murray Oliver biography at Legends of Hockey Retrieved Jan. 15, 2008.
  4. ^ http://www.startribune.com/sports/wild/283658351.html

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Glen Sonmor
Head coach of the Minnesota North Stars
1983
Succeeded by
Bill Mahoney