It is easy to confuse this Bob Murdoch with the brother of Don Murdoch. Both Bobs played in the league at the same time but played different positions. This Bob Murdoch was a defenseman who never played a game of junior hockey.
Murdoch spent the formative years of his career with the Canadian National team. It wasn't until the team disbanded that Murdoch turned professional with the Montreal Canadiens. In one of his few games with the Canadiens, he experienced the feel of a Gordie Howe elbow to the head. For a time he was in awe that he was playing against one of the best players in the game.
The depth of the Canadiens kept him from earning a full-time roster spot with the Habs. That opportunity came in 1972-73 and he made the most of it. Murdoch became a regular with the Stanley Cup bound team.
He was a defensive defenseman. His job, when done properly, was not to stand out. If he was noticed then it was for a mistake rather than for a spectacular offensive play. The key to playing the position, just as it is now, was a thorough knowledge of the game and how to put that to good use.
The University of Waterloo graduate was traded to the Los Angeles Kings for 1973-74. His move to Los Angeles proved to be the boost his career needed. Murdoch immediately rose to be the top scoring defenseman on the Kings. In 1975, he represented the team in the All-Star Game. By the 1977-78 season, he had set the L. A. team record for career points by a defenseman. The Kings traded him the next season to the Atlanta Flames.
He moved with the team to Calgary for the 1980-81 season and took on an assistant coaching position the following year. Murdoch was responsible for working with the young Flames defense. Following his retirement as a player, he moved into coaching, first with Calgary, later with the Chicago and Winnipeg organizations. Bob Murdoch continues to coach in Europe.