Bob Murdoch (ice hockey, born 1946)

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Robert John "Bob" Murdoch (born November 20, 1946) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey defenceman and coach. Murdoch played 12 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Montreal Canadiens, Los Angeles Kings, Atlanta Flames and Calgary Flames and coached 10 seasons in the National Hockey League with the Calgary Flames, Chicago Blackhawks, Winnipeg Jets and San Jose Sharks.[1] He won the Stanley Cup in 1971 and 1973 while with Montreal.

Bob Murdoch
Born (1946-11-20) November 20, 1946 (age 75)
Kirkland Lake, Ontario, Canada
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 211 lb (96 kg; 15 st 1 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Right
Played for Montreal Canadiens
Los Angeles Kings
Atlanta Flames
Calgary Flames
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 1970–1982

Coaching careerEdit

Murdoch coached 80 games with the Chicago Blackhawks during the 1987–88 season, compiling a record of 30–41–9, with a .413 win percentage. He was succeeded as Blackhawks coach by Mike Keenan the following season.[2]

During the 1989–1990 season, Murdoch was named the head coach of the Winnipeg Jets. After missing the playoffs the previous season, the Jets went 37–32–11 for 85 points and 3rd in the Smythe Division, making the playoffs but losing to the eventual Stanley Cup Champion Edmonton Oilers in seven games. Murdoch was seen as an important part of the Jets quick turn around, winning the Jack Adams Award as the NHL's coach of the year.

Despite the success of the previous season, however, the Jets struggled in 1990–1991, finishing in the Smythe Division cellar at 26–43–11, and missing the playoffs completely. Murdoch was fired at season's end, being replaced by John Paddock.

Murdoch would become an Associate Coach for the San Jose Sharks during the 1991–1992 and 1992–1993 NHL seasons. Afterwards, he departed for Europe, and has since coached several teams in Germany's DEL.

Coaching recordEdit

Team Year Regular season Post season
G W L T Pts Division rank Result
CHI 1987–88 80 30 41 9 69 3rd in Norris Lost in First round
WPG 1989–90 80 37 32 11 85 3rd in Smythe Lost in First round
WPG 1990–91 80 26 43 11 63 5th in Smythe Missed Playoffs
Total 240 93 116 31 217

Awards and achievementsEdit

International playEdit

  • 1968–69 – Member of Canadian National Team
  • 1969–70 – Member of Canadian National Team

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1968–69 Winnipeg Nationals WCSHL 6 0 1 1 2
1969–70 Montreal Voyageurs AHL 6 0 2 2 6
1970–71 Montreal Canadiens NHL 1 0 2 2 2 2 0 0 0 0
1970–71 Montreal Voyageurs AHL 66 8 20 28 69 3 1 2 3 4
1971–72 Montreal Canadiens NHL 11 1 1 2 8 1 0 0 0 0
1971–72 Nova Scotia Voyageurs AHL 53 7 32 39 53
1972–73 Montreal Canadiens NHL 69 2 22 24 55 13 0 3 3 10
1973–74 Los Angeles Kings NHL 76 8 20 28 85 5 0 0 0 2
1974–75 Los Angeles Kings NHL 80 13 29 42 116 3 0 1 1 4
1975–76 Los Angeles Kings NHL 80 6 29 35 103 9 0 5 5 15
1976–77 Los Angeles Kings NHL 70 9 23 32 79 9 2 3 5 14
1977–78 Los Angeles Kings NHL 76 2 17 19 68 2 0 1 1 5
1978–79 Los Angeles Kings NHL 32 3 12 15 46
1978–79 Atlanta Flames NHL 35 5 11 16 24 2 0 0 0 4
1979–80 Atlanta Flames NHL 80 5 16 21 48 4 1 1 2 2
1980–81 Calgary Flames NHL 74 3 19 22 54 16 1 4 5 36
1981–82 Calgary Flames NHL 73 3 17 20 76 3 0 0 0 0
NHL totals 757 60 218 278 764 69 4 18 22 92

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event GP G A Pts PIM
1969 Canada WC 5 0 0 0 2
Senior totals 5 0 0 0 2

ReferencesEdit

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Preceded by Head coach of the original Winnipeg Jets
198991
Succeeded by
Preceded by Head coach of the Chicago Blackhawks
1987–88
Succeeded by
Preceded by Head coach of the Ottawa Senators
2007–08
Succeeded by
Preceded by Winner of the Jack Adams Award
1990
Succeeded by