Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Murray Oliver
Murray Oliver was a slick playmaking centre who could kill penalties and create chances on the power play. He was blessed with excellent hockey sense and scored over 700 career points on four different teams. The tricky forward was considered one of the best in the league at pulling off the fake pass.

The native of Hamilton, Ontario starred as a junior with the local Tiger Cubs of the OHA. The parent Detroit Red Wings were solid at centre with Norm Ullman and young Alex Delvecchio so Oliver was dispatched to the WHL's Edmonton Flyers. In 1959-60 he scored 20 goals in 54 games for Detroit but was traded to the Boston Bruins part way through the next season.

Oliver recorded three straight 20-goal seasons for the Bruins playing with such wingers as Johnny Bucyk and Tommy Williams. He was a fine playmaker and defensive forward on the improved team that was being built around sensational youngster Bobby Orr. On May, 15, 1967 Oliver was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs for Eddie Shack. The veteran pivot was solid for three years and worked well on the same line with Bob Pulford and Ron Ellis.

After he was traded to the Minnesota North Stars in 1970, Oliver played five years with the young club before retiring. A highlight for him was scoring seven playoff goals in 1971 when the spunky North Stars extended the Montreal Canadiens to six games in the semi-finals. Oliver also scored a career-high 27 goals in 1971-72 centring Dean Prentice and Lou Nanne.

Fed up with a bitter contract dispute with the Stars, he hung up his skates in 1975 after playing over 1,100 NHL contests. Oliver was hired by former teammate Lou Nanne as a Minnesota assistant coach. The affable veteran even took over behind the bench for a few games in 1982-83 and was a popular figure with the players. Oliver was let go when the organization made wholesale changes in 1988. He resurfaced as a scout with the Vancouver Canucks and eventually took over as the club's director of pro scouting.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1953-54 Burlington Jr. Bees ON-Jr.B
1953-54 Hamilton Tiger Cubs OHA-Jr. 2 0 2 2 0 5 1 0 1 0
1954-55 Hamilton Tiger Cubs OHA-Jr. 39 5 13 18 19 3 2 0 2 0
1955-56 Hamilton Tiger Cubs OHA-Jr. 5 1 1 2 2
1956-57 Hamilton Tiger Cubs OHA-Jr. 52 17 42 59 20 4 3 1 4 0
1957-58 Hamilton Tiger Cubs OHA-Jr. 52 34 56 90 37 4 2 5 7 8
1957-58 Detroit Red Wings NHL 1 0 1 1 0
1958-59 Edmonton Flyers WHL 64 33 34 67 35 3 1 1 2 0
1959-60 Detroit Red Wings NHL 54 20 19 39 16 6 1 0 1 4
1959-60 Edmonton Flyers WHL 16 8 12 20 6
1960-61 Detroit Red Wings NHL 49 11 12 23 8
1960-61 Boston Bruins NHL 21 6 10 16 8
1961-62 Boston Bruins NHL 70 17 29 46 21
1962-63 Boston Bruins NHL 65 22 40 62 38
1963-64 Boston Bruins NHL 70 24 44 68 41
1964-65 Boston Bruins NHL 65 20 23 43 30
1965-66 Boston Bruins NHL 70 18 42 60 30
1966-67 Boston Bruins NHL 65 9 26 35 16
1967-68 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 74 16 21 37 18 +8
1968-69 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 76 14 36 50 16 +12 4 1 2 3 0
1969-70 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 76 14 33 47 16 -19
1970-71 Minnesota North Stars NHL 61 9 23 32 8 0 12 7 4 11 0
1971-72 Minnesota North Stars NHL 77 27 29 56 16 +9 7 0 6 6 4
1972-73 Minnesota North Stars NHL 75 11 31 42 10 +4 6 0 4 4 2
1973-74 Minnesota North Stars NHL 78 17 20 37 4 -13
1974-75 Minnesota North Stars NHL 80 19 15 34 24 -19
NHL Totals 1127 274 454 728 320 35 9 16 25 10


OHA-Jr. MVP (1958) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1963, 1964, 1965, 1967, 1968) Traded to Boston by Detroit with Gary Aldcorn and Tom McCarthy for Vic Stasiuk and Leo Labine, January 23, 1961. Traded to Toronto by Boston with cash for Eddie Shack, May 15, 1967. Traded to Minnesota by Toronto for Terry O'Malley, the rights to Brian Conacher and cash, May 22, 1970.