Throwback Thursday: Troy Murray
Troy Murray (Photo compliments of http://media.futuresmag.com/)
During his first 4 seasons with the Chicago Blackhawks Troy Murray’s production steadily increased. In goals he posted increasing numbers of 8, 15, 26, and 45 from 1982-86. He also had increasing numbers in the assists category with 8, 15, 40, and 54 during the same span. Murray was in his statistical peak during the 1985-86 season when he put up career highs with 45 goals, 54 assists, and 99 points. At the same time he brought home the first Frank J. Selke Trophy in Blackhawk’s history as the league’s best defensive forward.
Troy Murray’s next several seasons were not followed by league leading stats but they were good and he had a well-rounded two-way game that helped the team in all areas. It was around the 1991-92 season when you saw a decline in the double digit statistics from Murray but still provided great veteran leadership and good hockey IQ to teams.
During the 1991-92 season Troy Murray was traded to the Winnipeg Jets but then returned to Chicago in February of 1993. Murray had played his last season in Chicago during the 1993-94 season though and he was eventually traded to the Ottawa Senators. After being traded to Pittsburgh a year later in April of 1995 he played out his contract and signed with his final team as a free agent in August of 1995 with the Colorado Avalanche. In his final stop of his NHL career he was able to win the Stanley Cup Championship which took him 15 years to accomplish but was well worth the wait.
Notable Career Accomplishments
Five-time 20-goal scorer
915 career NHL games
584 points (230G, 354A)
875 penalty minutes
113 games played in playoffs
43 points (17G, 26A) in playoffs
145 penalty minutes in playoffs
Member of Colorado’s Stanley Cup championship team in 1996
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