All Time Blackhawks

Chicago Blackhawks: Troy Murray Days Until Banner Raising

By Keith Schultz

We had so much fun doing our Countdown to Faceoff series last season that we decided to do it again.  In case you’re new to the series, we’ll do a roster preview as we count down the days until the Chicago Blackhawks raise their 6th Stanley Cup Banner on October 7th season opener against the New York Rangers.

We are down to a very short and manageable 19 days until opening day, and of course we could sit and talk about our current #19 Jonathan Toews as possibly the best player in the NHL right now.

Toews has now lifted the Stanley Cup three times as the Chicago Blackhawks Captain, and he enters this season with the longest tenure ever as a Captain of the Chicago Blackhawks which is a whole lot of history with a bunch of leaders.

One of those players in Blackhawks history that was a leader though never wearing the C was Troy Murray.  Murray is currently the Chicago Blackhawks radio color commentator and has been in the booth for three Stanley Cups in 6 seasons.

Murray’s playing days were pretty good too,  Like the current #19, Troy Murray won a Selke in 1986 which was far and away his career year.  He collected 99 points in 85-86 with his next best year only being 71 points.  Murray played all 200 feet and was more of checking forward the longer his career went on with Chicago.  Murray after 12 years with the Blackhawks would be traded to the original Winnipeg Jets.  Murray played a lot of playoff games with the Hawks, but would lift the Stanley Cup in 1996 with the Colorado Avalanche.

One thing is for sure after Toews hangs up his skates no one will ever wear the #19 again, but there have been a lot of 19’s in franchise history before Toews so here is a quick snapshot of some of the former #19’s.

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1. Bert Olmstead-1951 Olmstead played the first 84 games of his 848 NHL career games with the Blackhawks. During his tenure he scored 22 goals and 30 assists with Chicago.

2. Rags Raglan-1952-1953 Raglan played the last 77 games of his 100 game NHL career with the Blackhawks scoring 4 goals and 9 assists.

3. Jack Price 1954-1956 Price appeared in 57 games scoring 4 goals and 6 assists.

4. Jerry Toppazzini-1956-1957 Toppazzini showed up in the Hawks lineup 84 times adding 14 goals and 21 assists.

5. Doug Barkley-1958 Barkley played in 6 games without a point.

6. Dollard St. Laurent-1959-1962 Laurant dressed in 269 games for the Hawks picking up 10 goals and 51 assists. During the 1961 Stanley Cup run Laurant appeared in 11 games scoring 1 time with 2 assists.

7. Al MacNeil-1963-1966 MacNeil was with the Hawks for 190 games scoring 10 goals and 46 assists.

8. Bobby Schmautz-1968-1969 Schmautz scored 12 goals and 9 assists in 74 games as a Blackhawk.

9. Dan Maloney-1971-1973 Maloney picked up 25 goals and 31 assists in 134 games played with Chicago before moving to LA.

10. Dale Tallon 1974-1978 Before he became the Blackhawks color analyst next to Pat Foley and General Manager that turned around the franchise, Tallon was a Blackhawks defenseman that played in 315 games wearing #19 scoring 44 goals and 65 assists.

11. Troy Murray-1981-1994 From one color analyst to another. Murray was a tough nosed center during the 80’s. His best season was in 85-86 when he scored 45 goals and 54 assists. For his career he scored 230 goals and 354 assists in 915 career games.

12. Dean McAmmond 1991 McAmmond had two stays with the Blackhawks while his career totals were 998 games played 186 goals and 262 assists.

13. Randy Cunneyworth 1994- Cunneyworth played in 16 games with the Hawks scoring 4 goals and 3 assists.

14. Brent Grieve-1995-1996 Grieve played in 52 games while picking up 3 goals and 9 assists.

15. Ethan Moreau-1996-1998 Moreau was a first round pick by the Blackhawks (14th overall) in the 1994 draft. He played his first 202 NHL Games with the Blackahawks before being included in the Daniel Cleary deal to the Edmonton Oilers.

16. Kyle Calder-2002-2006 Calder had the privilege to play during the dark ages of Blackhawks hockey. Calder played in 590 NHL games scoring 114 goals and 180 assists.

Only 19 days left!! Can’t wait for the season to start!

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