Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Murray Kuntz
Murray Kuntz was a prolific scorer everywhere but the NHL. Fans in five different minor pro leagues were privy to his offensive talents but his seven-game trial with the NHL's St. Louis Blues was fairly uneventful.

A native of Ottawa, Ontario, Kuntz excelled for the city's junior Montagnards in 1965-66 before embarking on a pro career. He started with the Toledo Blades in the IHL then moved on to the New Haven Blades of the EHL for nearly four years. In 1967-68 he totaled 100 points for New Haven, the highest out put of his career.

The expansion Buffalo Sabres signed Kuntz in September 1970 and assigned him to their farm team in Salt Lake City. He next spent two years in the AHL with the Cincinnati Swords and helped the team win the Calder Cup in 1973. Kuntz remained with the Sabres organization when it transferred its top farm team to Rochester the next season. He led the AHL with 51 goals and was named to the league's first all-star team. The Blues acquired him a few weeks after his big season but he only got into seven NHL games. Kuntz bounced around the minors and finished his career in 1976-77 by suiting up for the Maine Nordiques and Beauce Jaros of the North American Hockey League.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1964-65 Brockville Braves ON-Jr.A
1965-66 Ottawa Jr. Montagnards ON-Jr.A
1966-67 Toledo Blades IHL 10 5 4 9 4
1966-67 New Haven Blades EHL 36 13 10 23 11
1967-68 New Haven Blades EHL 72 40 60 100 34 10 5 5 10 7
1968-69 New Haven Blades EHL 25 28 31 59 25 10 4 6 10 2
1969-70 New Haven Blades EHL 74 51 47 98 68 11 1 5 6 2
1970-71 Salt Lake Golden Eagles WHL 68 18 22 40 14
1971-72 Cincinnati Swords AHL 45 4 9 13 20
1972-73 Cincinnati Swords AHL 63 35 30 65 10 13 4 4 8 6
1973-74 Rochester Americans AHL 73 51 31 82 33 6 0 3 3 2
1974-75 St. Louis Blues NHL 7 1 2 3 0 +6
1974-75 Denver Spurs CHL 26 11 16 27 10
1974-75 Syracuse Eagles AHL 33 14 16 30 38 1 1 0 1 0
1975-76 Springfield Indians AHL 39 17 12 29 10
1975-76 Baltimore Clippers AHL 39 11 6 17 2
1976-77 Maine Nordiques NAPro 46 19 17 36 8 11 2 5 7 2
1976-77 Beauce Jaros NAPro 23 9 17 26 14
NHL Totals 7 1 2 3 0


AHL First All-Star Team (1974) Signed as a free agent by Buffalo, September, 1970. Claimed by Rochester (AHL) from Buffalo in Reverse Draft, June 12, 1973. Traded to St. Louis by Rochester (AHL) for cash, June, 1974.