Paul Hurley

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Paul Hurley
Born (1946-07-12) July 12, 1946 (age 70)
Melrose, MA, USA
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Position Defense
Shot Right
Played for NHL
Boston Bruins
New England Whalers
Edmonton Oilers
Calgary Cowboys
Oklahoma City Blazers
Boston Braves
National team  United States
Playing career 1969–1977

Paul Michael Hurley (born July 12, 1946 in Everett, Massachusetts) is a professional ice hockey player who played 477 games in the World Hockey Association and 1 game in the National Hockey League between 1969 and 1977.

High school[edit]

At Melrose high school, he was a 3-time Middlesex all-star, 2-time first team all-scholastic, 2-time first team high school all-American, and 2-time award winner as the outstanding defenseman for the New England school boy tournament. Paul was part of the school's undefeated 1962 team that won the Middlesex league, State and New England school boy hockey champions. During 1963 at Melrose High School, Paul tied for the league scoring championship while playing defense. He was first team Middlesex all-star, all-State and New England tournament all-star (for 2 years straight), scoring 26 goals. Paul was inducted into the first Melrose High School sports hall of fame.

Paul went to Deerfield Academy for 1-year post graduate in 1964. He had 31 goals as a defenseman and was recognized as a first team all-prep all-star.


During his freshman year at Boston College, he led the freshman Boston College Eaglets with 22 goals in 18 games as a defenseman. During his junior year, the only year he played forward, Hurley scored 32 goals in 28 games and had 6 hat tricks. During his college career, he was an All-New England, All-East and first team All-American award recipient. After his junior year, Paul joined the U.S. National Hockey Team and played both defense and forward positions in Grenoble, France. During his senior year, Paul was recognized as the team MVP and was a first team All-American defenseman. Paul was later inducted into the Boston College sports hall of fame.

He played for the US national team at the 1968 Winter Olympics and 1967 Ice Hockey World Championship tournament.

National Hockey League[edit]

At the end of his senior year of college hockey, Hurley was signed as a free agent by the Boston Bruins. He played his first and only NHL professional hockey game on March 30, 1969. During that game, Hurley and Ron Murphy assisted on Phil Esposito's 48th goal of the season making the Bruins the first team to reach 300 goals in a season; they finished with 303 goals.

World Hockey Association[edit]

Paul started his WHA career with the New England Whalers in 1972-1973 and was part of the team's AVCO Cup champions of the World Hockey Association. In 1975, while with the Whalers, Paul won the team's Unsung Hero Award.

He played for the New England Whalers, Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Cowboys.

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year
All-ECAC Hockey First Team 1968–69
AHCA East All-American 1968–69

See also[edit]