The Labor Day weekend got me last night when I missed my post for the top 100, so for only the third time in the last 68 days I’ve squeezed in two Greatest 100’s in one post.
Troy Murray had one great season during his career when he missed 100 points by 1, and in the meantime picked up his only Selke Award even though he was in the Top 10 plenty of times during his long career.
Murray was more of a two way player rather than a scorer but the 85-86 season things went his way with pucks finding the back of the net. It really was a carry over from the playoff season before when he scored 5 times and had 14 assists as the Hawks marched all the way to the Conference Finals that season.
I have to be honest, I never liked Murray or Bob Murray for that fact growing up. Murray disappeared during most playoff runs and to be honest he wasn’t the showman Denis Savard was so I didn’t appreciate his game back then that I would now.
Murray has been the color man on the Chicago Blackhawks radio network for sometime now, and has been a part of broadcasting 3 different Stanley Cup Championships.
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Graham was a leader and a great special teams guy. Graham is the franchise leader in shorthanded goals with 26 with no one even close to matching it with Tony Amonte being 2nd with 20.
Graham had a playoff hat trick in Game #4 of the 1992 Stanley Cup Final which is bittersweet since the Pittsburgh Penguins carried the Stanley Cup off the Chicago Stadium ice that night.
Graham may not have won a Cup with Chicago, but he was the heart of that team that had a ton of talent that just came up short in 1992.
Two great Blackhawks from an era when they didn’t win Stanley Cups that we are celebrating this Labor day weekend!
What are your memories of Murray and Graham?
Only 32 more days until the season kicks off at the United Center!