Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Murray Balfour
Murray Balfour was a member of the famed "Million Dollar Line" for Chicago and a playoff hero, but his life was tragically cut short by cancer when he was only 28. After Balfour was traded to Chicago from Montreal for cash in 1959, he was put on a line with two stars earning sizable salaries, Bobby Hull and Billy Hay, and the troika was dubbed the Million Dollar Line.

It was Balfour who paid back the Habs in the 1960-61 Stanley Cup playoffs, scoring in triple overtime in the third game of the semifinal series. The Hawks won the Stanley Cup that year, although Balfour, who outscored his flashier linemates in the playoffs, had to watch the final game from the hospital after crashing into the Detroit net and breaking his arm in the fifth game.

The next year he had an eight-inch steel rod inserted from his wrist to his elbow to support the arm, though it didn't slow down the rugged winger. Balfour was traded to the Boston Bruins in 1964 but complained of constant fatigue. He was sent down to the minors and continued to have health problems. Exploratory surgery in 1965 revealed a tumor in his lung that was inoperable. He died less than eight weeks later.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1952-53 Regina Capitals Al-Cup 2 0 0 0 5
1952-53 Regina Pats WCJHL 31 2 4 6 38 7 0 1 1 10
1953-54 Regina Pats WCJHL 35 7 5 12 99 16 4 4 8 45
1954-55 Regina Pats WCJHL 38 10 16 26 156 12 7 4 11 30
1954-55 Regina Pats M-Cup 3 1 2 3 4
1955-56 Regina Pats WCJHL 34 24 18 42 104 10 7 5 12 20
1955-56 Regina Pats M-Cup 19 15 4 19 65
1956-57 Hull-Ottawa Canadiens OHA-Jr. 19 12 7 19 76
1956-57 Hull-Ottawa Canadiens QHL 18 2 6 8 15
1956-57 Hull-Ottawa Canadiens EOHL 14 5 10 15 41
1956-57 Montreal Canadiens NHL 2 0 0 0 2
1956-57 Hull-Ottawa Canadiens M-Cup 15 5 12 17 35
1957-58 Montreal Canadiens NHL 3 1 1 2 4
1957-58 Montreal Royals QHL 62 23 25 48 107 7 1 2 3 20
1958-59 Rochester Americans AHL 67 14 23 37 181 1 0 0 0 0
1959-60 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 61 18 12 30 55 4 1 0 1 0
1960-61 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 70 21 27 48 123 11 5 5 10 14
1961-62 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 49 15 15 30 72 12 1 1 2 15
1962-63 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 65 10 23 33 75 6 0 2 2 12
1963-64 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 41 2 10 12 36 7 2 2 4 4
1964-65 Boston Bruins NHL 15 0 2 2 26
1964-65 Hershey Bears AHL 31 10 8 18 36
NHL Totals 306 67 90 157 393 40 9 10 19 45


Hull-Ottawa played partial schedule against OHA-Jr. teams in 1956-57 and 1957-58 that counted for the opposition only. Traded to Chicago by Montreal for cash, June 9, 1959. Traded to Boston by Chicago with Mike Draper for Matt Ravlich and Jerry Toppazzini, June 9, 1964.
Missed remainder of the 1964-65 season after being diagnosed with lung cancer, February 5, 1965.