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Murray Bannerman (born April 27, 1957) is a Canadian retired ice hockey goaltender. He spent the majority of his career with the Chicago Blackhawks, though also briefly played for the Vancouver Canucks, who selected him in the 1977 NHL Amateur Draft.
Bannerman in 1985
April 27, 1957|
Fort Frances, Ontario, Canada
|Height||5 ft 11 in (180 cm)|
|Weight||185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)|
Vancouver Canucks |
58th overall, 1977|
88th overall, 1977|
His career started with the Vancouver Canucks in the 1977 season, where he played one period for the team. He spent most of his career with the Chicago Blackhawks. In 1983, he was a part of the Campbell Conference's roster at the 35th National Hockey League All-Star Game. Tony Esposito's backup for the early portion of his career, Bannerman finally got a chance to shine in the first round of the 1982 playoffs. He won his first two games-on the road-and powered his Chicago team to a series victory over the Minnesota North Stars. His career ended after the 1988 season.
He became the number one goaltender in Chicago the next season, with Esposito acting as his backup, and eventually tended goal twice in the NHL All-Star game for his yeoman work in the Chicago net. Bannerman was the 'player to be named later' when he came to Chicago in 1978. Pit Martin, once traded for Phil Esposito, was dealt by Chicago to Vancouver in 1977.
Bannerman sits fifth on the Blackhawks' all-time goaltender list with 116 wins and 288 games played. He finished with 3.83 goals against average and over 16,000 minutes played in a Chicago jersey. Bannerman is also fourth on the all-time Blackhawks' goaltender playoff statistics list with 20 wins and 40 games played.
Murray resides and works in the Chicago area. He still follows the Hawks and has many great memories of his time wearing the Indianhead. He fondly recalls the intensity of the fans back at the old Chicago Stadium.
He also does periodic work for the Blackhawk Alumni Association.
Regular season and playoffsEdit
|1972–73||St. James Canadians||MJHL||31||—||—||—||1778||104||1||3.51||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|1973–74||St. James Canadians||MJHL||17||—||—||—||930||69||0||4.45||.895||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|1975–76||Assiniboine Park Monarchs||MJHL||8||—||—||—||480||22||1||2.75||.904||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|1977–78||Fort Wayne Komets||IHL||44||—||—||—||2435||133||1||3.28||—||6||—||—||—||335||26||0||4.66||—|
|1978–79||New Brunswick Hawks||AHL||47||22||14||5||2557||152||0||3.57||.881||3||1||1||—||122||10||0||4.92||—|
|1979–80||New Brunswick Hawks||AHL||61||32||20||5||3361||186||3||3.32||.874||17||10||6||—||1049||51||0||2.92||—|
|1980–81||Chicago Black Hawks||NHL||15||2||10||2||863||62||0||4.31||.866||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|1981–82||Chicago Black Hawks||NHL||29||11||12||4||1667||116||1||4.18||.867||10||5||4||—||555||35||0||3.79||.886|
|1982–83||Chicago Black Hawks||NHL||41||24||12||5||2457||127||4||3.10||.901||8||4||4||—||480||32||0||4.01||.866|
|1983–84||Chicago Black Hawks||NHL||56||23||29||4||3326||188||2||3.39||.887||5||2||3||—||299||17||0||3.41||.900|
|1984–85||Chicago Black Hawks||NHL||60||27||25||4||3364||215||0||3.84||.883||15||9||6||—||903||72||0||4.79||.868|
|1985–86||Chicago Black Hawks||NHL||48||20||19||6||2680||201||1||4.50||.869||2||0||1||—||82||9||0||6.65||.775|
Awards and achievementsEdit
- MJHL Second All-Star Team (1973)
- MJHL top goaltender (1973)
- "Pee-Wee players who have reached NHL or WHA" (PDF). Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament. 2018. Retrieved 2019-01-09.
- Payeur, Joey (April 26, 2017). "Goalie named to Manitoba Hall of Fame". fftimes.com. Retrieved May 30, 2018.
These days, Bannerman serves as vice-president of sales in the U.S. for Traffic Tech, Inc., a transportation and logistics provider based out of Montreal with offices in, among other places, Chicago.