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Murray Gordon Louis Balfour (August 24, 1936 – May 30, 1965) was a National Hockey League right winger in the late 1950s and early 1960s.

Murray Balfour
Murray Balfour 1959.jpg
Born (1936-08-24)August 24, 1936
Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
Died May 30, 1965(1965-05-30) (aged 28)
Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
Height 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Weight 180 lb (82 kg; 12 st 12 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shot Right
Played for Montreal Canadiens
Boston Bruins
Chicago Black Hawks
Playing career 1957–1965


Balfour was a member of the renowned "Million Dollar Line" alongside Bobby Hull and Bill Hay of the Chicago Black Hawks. In game three of the first round of the 1960–61 Stanley Cup playoffs, he scored the game winner in triple overtime against the defending champion Canadiens. In the fifth game, Balfour crashed into the Detroit Red Wings net and broke his arm. The Hawks went on to win the Stanley Cup in six games with Balfour watching the final game from the hospital. He recorded 67 goals and 90 assists for a total of 157 points over his career, having played in 306 games.

Personal lifeEdit

In April 1965 a tumor was found in his lung cutting his career short and leading to his death at the young age of 28.

The City of Regina named a hockey arena [1] in Murray Balfour's honour.

Balfour's parents were Gordon and Margaret Balfour of Regina.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-04-23. Retrieved 2010-05-31.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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