Jun 24, 2014; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Anaheim Ducks General Manager Bob Murray poses next to the GM of the Year trophy after winning the award during the 2014 NHL Awards ceremony at Wynn Las Vegas. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports
C. Bob Murray is the right choice
There have been four Chicago Blackhawks to ever wear the jersey for over 1,000 games. Blackhawks legend Stan Mikita is on the top of the list with 1,394 games played from 1958-1980. Bobby Hull if he didn’t leave for the WHA would have been right there with Mikita but he did eclipse the 1,00o game plateau with 1,036 games played in Chicago Blackhawks jersey. The third man on the list is Erik Nesterenko who played 1,013 games for the Blackhawks from 1957-1972 along side Mikita and Hull.
This brings us to Bob Murray who unlike the first three mentioned was a defenseman for the Blackhawks from 1975-1990. As a kid I always thought he was slow but he made for a very good pairing with Doug Wilson who is the All-time leader in points from a Defenseman. Murray scored 132 times while picking up 382 assists along the way which puts him with only Hull and Mikita as players with 1,000 games played and 500 points in a Blackhawks career.
Interesting that both Bob Murray and Doug Wilson are now GM’s on the west coast, but it’s Wilson who’s picking up a lot of heat the past few weeks with his why Joe Thornton isn’t a Captain speech.
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