Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Murray Craven
Murray Craven was selected in the first round, 17th overall, by the Detroit Red Wings in the 1982 NHL Entry Draft. He began his major junior career in 1980 at the age of 16 with the Medicine Hat Tigers of the WHL. In 69 games, he collected 15 points. In his second year of junior, Craven blossomed offensively, scoring 35 goals and 46 assists for 81 points in 72 games.

In his rookie camp with the Red Wings, Craven sufficiently impressed the Red Wings coaching staff and was inserted into the lineup for 31 games where he contributed eleven points. Although Craven showed signs of brilliance, the Red Wings felt he needed more time to develop and returned him to junior for most of the next two years. In his final year with Medicine Hat, Craven averaged almost two points per game, scoring 38 goals and 58 assists for 94 points in just 48 games.

Despite his obvious offensive prowess, the Red Wings sent Craven to the Philadelphia Flyers. It was a move that changed the course of his career - for the better. The deal consisted of Craven and Joe Paterson going to Philadelphia for Darryl Sittler. Craven suited up for all 80 games in the 1984-85 season, responding with 26 goals and 35 assists for 61 points. He was also instrumental in helping the Flyers advance to the Stanley Cup finals where they lost in five games to the defending champion Edmonton Oilers. In 19 post-season games that spring, Craven netted four goals and ten points in 19 games.

Just two years after that strong post-season run, Craven and the Flyers were back in the Cup final once again facing the powerhouse Edmonton Oilers. While they made it an extremely close finals, the Oilers edged out a tense seven-game victory to claim their third Stanley Cup in four years. Losing that Cup final was especially hard on Craven and the rest of the Flyers, who felt they had the team to win it all that year.

From an individual standpoint, Craven's best seasons came as a member of the Flyers. In 1987-88, he hit the 30-goal plateau while counting 76 points. He played a total of seven seasons in Philadelphia before being dealt to the Hartford Whalers in the fall of 1991. After playing for just over a year in New England, Craven was sent to the Vancouver Canucks near the end of the 1992-93 season.

Craven also played for two-and-a-half years with the Chicago Blackhawks before moving on in a trade to the San Jose Sharks for the 1997-98 season. He remained with the Sharks for three years, retiring 19 games into the 1999-2000 season at the age of 36. Throughour his career, Craven played in 1071 games and finished with 759 points.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1979-80 Medicine Hat Tigers AMHL
1980-81 Medicine Hat Tigers WHL 69 5 10 15 18 5 0 0 0 2
1981-82 Medicine Hat Tigers WHL 72 35 46 81 49
1982-83 Medicine Hat Tigers WHL 28 17 29 46 35
1982-83 Detroit Red Wings NHL 31 4 7 11 6 +4
1983-84 Medicine Hat Tigers WHL 48 38 56 94 53 4 5 3 8 4
1983-84 Detroit Red Wings NHL 15 0 4 4 6 +2
1984-85 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 80 26 35 61 30 +45 19 4 6 10 11
1985-86 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 78 21 33 54 34 +24 5 0 3 3 4
1986-87 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 77 19 30 49 38 +1 12 3 1 4 9
1987-88 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 72 30 46 76 58 +25 7 2 5 7 4
1988-89 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 51 9 28 37 52 +4 1 0 0 0 0
1989-90 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 76 25 50 75 42 +2
1989-90 Canada WEC-A 9 1 5 6 6
1990-91 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 77 19 47 66 53 -2
1990-91 Canada WEC-A 9 1 1 2 10
1991-92 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 12 3 3 6 8 +2
1991-92 Hartford Whalers NHL 61 24 30 54 38 -4 7 3 3 6 6
1992-93 Hartford Whalers NHL 67 25 42 67 20 -4
1992-93 Vancouver Canucks NHL 10 0 10 10 12 +3 12 4 6 10 4
1993-94 Vancouver Canucks NHL 78 15 40 55 30 +5 22 4 9 13 18
1994-95 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 16 4 3 7 2 +2 16 5 5 10 4
1995-96 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 66 18 29 47 36 +20 9 1 4 5 2
1996-97 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 75 8 27 35 12 0 2 0 0 0 2
1997-98 San Jose Sharks NHL 67 12 17 29 25 +4 6 1 1 2 0
1998-99 San Jose Sharks NHL 43 4 10 14 18 -3
1999-00 San Jose Sharks NHL 19 0 2 2 4 -2
NHL Totals 1071 266 493 759 524 118 27 43 70 64


Traded to Philadelphia by Detroit with Joe Paterson for Darryl Sittler, October 10, 1984. Traded to Hartford by Philadelphia with Philadelphia's 4th round choice (Kevin Smyth) in 1992 Entry Draft for Kevin Dineen, November 13, 1991. Traded to Vancouver by Hartford with Vancouver's 5th round choice (previously acquired, Vancouver selected Scott Walker) in 1993 Entry Draft for Robert Kron, Vancouver's 3rd round choice (Marek Malik) in 1993 Entry Draft and future considerations (Jim Sandlak, May 17, 1993), March 22, 1993. Traded to Chicago by Vancouver for Christian Ruuttu, March 10, 1995. Traded to San Jose by Chicago for the rights to Petri Varis and San Jose's 6th round choice (Jari Viuhkola) in 1998 Entry Draft, July 25, 1997.
Missed remainder of 1999-2000 due to abdominal injury vs. New Jersey, November 18, 1999.
Officially released by San Jose, December 26, 1999.