Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Murray Murdoch
From the time Murray Murdoch entered the NHL in 1926-27 until he finished playing in the NHL after the 1936-37 season, he played in 508 consecutive games. But Murdoch was not just an Iron Man on the ice -- he was in real life, too. When Murdoch died at the age of 96 years, 11 months and 28 days, he was recognized as the oldest NHL player ever.

Murdoch was born in Lucknow Ontario, but his family moved to Edgerton, Alberta while Murray was still a child. Extremely athletic, he attended St.John's College School in Winnipeg, where he played football, baseball, and tennis. While playing junior hockey, Murdoch scored nine of his team's 14 goals as the University of Manitoba won the Memorial Cup in 1922-23.

When Conn Smythe was assembling the first ever New York Ranger team to begin with the 1926-27 season, he signed Murray Murdoch as one of his original New York Rangers. During his eleven NHL seasons in New York, Murdoch was a solid checking forward, contributing to two Stanley Cup championships -- 1927-28 and 1932-33. When he retired from the Rangers after the 1936-37 season, he joined the Philadelphia Ramblers as an assistant coach and captain for one season..

Murdoch retired from coaching in 1966, but was awarded the Lester Patrick Trophy in 1974 for his contributions to hockey in the United States.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1921-22 University of Manitoba WJrHL
1921-22 University of Manitoba M-Cup 2 2 0 2 0
1922-23 University of Manitoba WJrHL
1922-23 University of Manitoba M-Cup 8 26 4 30 2
1923-24 University of Manitoba MHL-Sr. 8 9 5 14 0 1 0 1 1 0
1924-25 Winnipeg Tiger Falcons MHL-Sr. 18 12 2 14 2
1925-26 Winnipeg Maroons CHL 34 9 2 11 12 5 0 1 1 0
1926-27 New York Rangers NHL 44 6 4 10 12 2 0 0 0 0
1927-28 New York Rangers NHL 44 7 3 10 14 9 2 1 3 12
1928-29 New York Rangers NHL 44 8 6 14 18 6 0 0 0 2
1929-30 New York Rangers NHL 44 13 13 26 22 4 3 0 3 6
1930-31 New York Rangers NHL 44 7 7 14 8 4 0 2 2 0
1931-32 New York Rangers NHL 48 5 16 21 32 7 0 2 2 2
1932-33 New York Rangers NHL 48 5 11 16 23 8 3 4 7 2
1933-34 New York Rangers NHL 48 17 10 27 29 2 0 0 0 0
1934-35 New York Rangers NHL 48 14 15 29 14 4 0 2 2 4
1935-36 New York Rangers NHL 48 2 9 11 9
1936-37 New York Rangers NHL 48 0 14 14 16 9 1 1 2 0
1937-38 Philadelphia Ramblers IAHL 44 4 9 13 4 5 0 1 1 4
1938-39 Yale University Ivy
NHL Totals 508 84 108 192 197 55 9 12 21 28


Lester Patrick Trophy (1974) Signed as a free agent by NY Rangers, September 2, 1926.
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