Troy Murray

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Troy Murray
Born (1962-07-31) July 31, 1962 (age 59)
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)
Position Centre
Shot Right
Played for Chicago Blackhawks
Winnipeg Jets
Ottawa Senators
Pittsburgh Penguins
Colorado Avalanche
National teamFlag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada
NHL Draft 57th overall, 1980
Chicago Blackhawks
Playing career 19821997

Troy Norman Murray (born July 31, 1962) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey centre who played in the NHL. He is currently the color analyst on WGN-AM broadcasts of Chicago Blackhawks hockey games. Murray was born in Calgary, Alberta.

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Playing career

Amateur career

Murray played part of two seasons (1978–1980) with the St. Albert Saints of the Alberta Junior Hockey League. He also played briefly in two games with the Lethbridge Broncos of the Western Hockey League. In two seasons at the University of North Dakota, he was twice named to the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Second All-Star Team in 1981 and 1982. He led North Dakota in scoring as a freshman and helped them capture an NCAA Title in 1982. In 1982, Murray was chosen to play for Team Canada at the World Junior Ice Hockey Championships. He was named team captain and led the team to a gold medal victory.

Professional career

Murray was drafted out of the University of North Dakota by the Chicago Black Hawks with the 57th overall selection in the 3rd round of the 1980 NHL Entry Draft. [1] He made his National Hockey League debut in the 1981–82 season playoffs on April 4, 1982, against the Minnesota North Stars where he scored his first-ever NHL goal. The Black Hawks would be defeated in the Campbell Finals by the Vancouver Canucks. His first-ever NHL regular season goal came against the Toronto Maple Leafs and he would finish his rookie season with 16 points in 54 games. Murray's career peaked during the 1985–86 season, as he scored 99 points. He was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy for best defensive forward in the league that year.

In 1991-92, Murray was traded to the Winnipeg Jets along with teammate Warren Rychel for Bryan Marchment and Chris Norton. Murray was named team captain and finished with 47 points in 79 games that season. His stay in Winnipeg was short-lived as he was reacquired by the Blackhawks in 1992–93. A year later he was again traded, this time to the Ottawa Senators. He was the only player on the team to finish with a plus rating. Murray was traded in 1994-95 to the Pittsburgh Penguins. He played in 13 games with them before being traded again in 1995–96 to the Colorado Avalanche. Murray and the Avalanche made it all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals where they defeated the Florida Panthers in four games. Murray won his first and only Stanley Cup with the Avalanche. Murray remained in hockey for one more year with the Chicago Wolves of the International Hockey League before retiring in 1997.

Murray finished his career scoring 230 goals and 354 assists in 915 career NHL games. Murray played in twelve seasons with the Blackhawks, and ranks 18th on the Blackhawks all-time assists list with 291, 19th on the all-time points list with 488, and 21st all-time in goals with 197. [2]

Until January 23, 2011, Murray was the last Blackhawk player to successfully convert on a penalty shot at home against Kari Takko of the Minnesota North Stars back in 1987. Marian Hossa is now the latest Blackhawk player to do so.

Broadcasting career

After retirement Murray joined the Blackhawks TV crew as the studio analyst, a position he held from the start of the 1998–99 season until November 13, 2003. Troy was then named TV color commentator teaming up with Pat Foley for two seasons in which their play by play was simulcast on the then radio flagship WSCR.

Before the start of the 2006–07 season Foley was let go and the radio and television broadcasts were separated. At this time Murray was paired with former New York Islanders voice John Wiedeman. Since pairing with Wiedeman, the duo has gone on to call three Stanley Cup Championships.

In June 2015, Murray and broadcast partners John Wiedeman and Judd Sirott received top honors in the Chicago Market “Best Radio Play-By-Play” category at the Illinois Broadcasters Association Silver Dome Awards. They had previously won the award in 2011 and 2014. He and Wiedeman also received top honors in the “Best Sports Story” category at the 2012 IBA Silver Dome Awards.

Murray announced he was diagnosed with cancer on August 9, 2021, but will continue to broadcast as able.

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

Regular season Playoffs
Season TeamLeagueGP G A Pts PIM GPGAPtsPIM
1978–79 St. Albert Saints AJHL 6033478091
1979–80St. Albert SaintsAJHL605347100101
1979–80 Lethbridge Broncos WHL 21122
1980–81 University of North Dakota WCHA 3833457828
1981–82 University of North DakotaWCHA4222295162
1981–82 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 71015
1982–83 Chicago Black HawksNHL5488162720000
1983–84 Chicago Black HawksNHL611515304551017
1984–85 Chicago Black HawksNHL8026406682155141924
1985–86 Chicago Black HawksNHL804554999420002
1986–87 Chicago BlackhawksNHL772843715940005
1987–88 Chicago BlackhawksNHL792236589651018
1988–89 Chicago BlackhawksNHL792130511131636925
1989–90 Chicago BlackhawksNHL68173855862044822
1990–91 Chicago BlackhawksNHL7514233774601112
1991–92 Winnipeg Jets NHL741730476970002
1992–93 Winnipeg JetsNHL2934734
1992–93Chicago BlackhawksNHL221342540002
1993–94 Indianapolis Ice IHL 833612
1993–94 Chicago BlackhawksNHL120116
1993–94 Ottawa Senators NHL152354
1994–95 Ottawa SenatorsNHL334101416
1994–95 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL13022231221312
1995–96 Colorado Avalanche NHL637142122800019
1996–97 Chicago Wolves IHL812129506340222
NHL totals914230354584875113172643145

International

YearTeamEventResultGPGAPtsPIM
1982 Canada WJC Gold medal icon.svg74486
1987 Canada WC 4th1022414
Junior totals74486
Senior totals1022414

Awards and honours

AwardYear
College
All-WCHA Second Team 1980–81 [3]
All-WCHA Second Team 1981–82 [3]
NCAA Title 1982
NHL
Frank J. Selke Trophy 1986
Stanley Cup (Colorado Avalanche) 1996

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References

  1. "1980 NHL draft". hockeydraftcentral.com. 2008-03-20. Retrieved 2009-02-10.
  2. https://www.quanthockey.com/nhl/teams/chicago-blackhawks-players-career-nhl-stats.html
  3. 1 2 "WCHA All-Teams". College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved May 19, 2013.
Sporting positions
Preceded by Winnipeg Jets captain
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Awards and achievements
Preceded by Winner of the Frank J. Selke Trophy
1986
Succeeded by