Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Troy Murray
Troy Murray was the type of player every coach wishes for in his lineup. Murray, as a player, could bruise opponents from defense or burn a team on offense. He thought nothing of killing penalties or rushing on the power play. The only thing he didn't do was play goal.

The Chicago Blackhawks used the 51st pick overall in the 1980 Entry Draft to take Murray. Over the 1981 Christmas holidays, he captained the Canadian squad to a gold medal at the World Junior Championships. He followed that accomplishment up by playing with the University of North Dakota as they took the 1982 NCAA title.

Murray joined the Blackhawks for the 1982 playoffs and scored his first NHL goal. His first regular season goal came in the fall against Toronto Maple Leafs Allan Bester. His taste for the Chicago nightlife as a rookie nearly caused a career setback. Fortunately, veteran netminder Tony Esposito approached him on the subject. Esposito let the rookie know that the wild life would hurt his play, and that it was okay to stay at home on occasion.

Murray's career peaked in 1985-86 with his phenomenal 99-point season. The strong effort resulted in his winning the 1986 Frank J. Selke Award as the NHL's best defensive forward. He joined the Winnipeg Jets for the 1991-92 season. The Jets made him their team captain, but his stay in Winnipeg was short. Chicago reacquired Murray on February 21, 1993. A year later, Chicago traded Murray to the Ottawa Senators. With a +2 in 15 games, Murray was the only Senators to finish with a positive +/- statistic.

Murray played one season, 1995-95, with the Pittsburgh Penguins before joining the Colorado Avalanche. That move turned out to be one of the best of his career as it resulted in a Stanley Cup ring. Troy Murray played one more season before retiring as a player. The IHL Chicago Wolves temporarily kept the burly center from retirement.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1977-78 Calgary North Stars AAHA 5 0 2 2 0
1978-79 St. Albert Saints AJHL 60 33 47 80 91
1979-80 St. Albert Saints AJHL 60 53 47 100 101
1979-80 Lethbridge Broncos WHL 2 1 1 2 2
1980-81 University of North Dakota WCHA 38 33 45 78 28
1981-82 University of North Dakota WCHA 26 13 17 30 62
1981-82 Canada WJC-A 7 4 4 8 6
1981-82 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 1 0 0 0 0 0 7 1 0 1 5
1982-83 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 54 8 8 16 27 -4 2 0 0 0 0
1983-84 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 61 15 15 30 45 +10 5 1 0 1 7
1984-85 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 80 26 40 66 82 +16 15 5 14 19 24
1985-86 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 80 45 54 99 94 +32 2 0 0 0 2
1986-87 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 77 28 43 71 59 +14 4 0 0 0 5
1986-87 Canada WEC-A 10 2 2 4 14
1987-88 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 79 22 36 58 96 -17 5 1 0 1 8
1988-89 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 79 21 30 51 113 0 16 3 6 9 25
1989-90 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 68 17 38 55 86 -2 20 4 4 8 22
1990-91 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 75 14 23 37 74 +13 6 0 1 1 12
1991-92 Winnipeg Jets NHL 74 17 30 47 69 -13 7 0 0 0 2
1992-93 Winnipeg Jets NHL 29 3 4 7 34 -15
1992-93 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 22 1 3 4 25 0 4 0 0 0 2
1993-94 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 12 0 1 1 6 +1
1993-94 Indianapolis Ice IHL 8 3 3 6 12
1993-94 Ottawa Senators NHL 15 2 3 5 4 +1
1994-95 Ottawa Senators NHL 33 4 10 14 16 -1
1994-95 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 13 0 2 2 23 -1 12 2 1 3 12
1995-96 Colorado Avalanche NHL 63 7 14 21 22 +15 8 0 0 0 19
1996-97 Chicago Wolves IHL 81 21 29 50 63 4 0 2 2 2
NHL Totals 915 230 354 584 875 113 17 26 43 145


WCHA Second All-Star Team (1981, 1982)
Frank J. Selke Trophy (1986)
Traded to Winnipeg by Chicago with Warren Rychel for Bryan Marchment and Chris Norton, July 22, 1991. Traded to Chicago by Winnipeg for Steve Bancroft and future considerations, February 21, 1993. Traded to Ottawa by Chicago with Chicago's 11th round pick (Antti Tormanen) in 1994 NHL Draft for Ottawa's 11th round pick (Rob Mara) in 1994 NHL Draft, March 11, 1994. Traded to Pittsburgh by Ottawa with Norm Maciver for Martin Straka, April 7, 1995. Signed as a free agent by Colorado, August 7, 1995.
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