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Terry Rodney Murray (born July 20, 1950) is a Canadian retired professional ice hockey player and the former head coach of the Los Angeles Kings and Philadelphia Flyers. He served as the head coach for the Lehigh Valley Phantoms of the American Hockey League. Murray was the only coach in the AHL to serve in the league in the 1980s.[1]

Terry Murray
Born (1950-07-20) July 20, 1950 (age 68)
Shawville, Quebec, Canada
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Right
Played for California Golden Seals
Philadelphia Flyers
Detroit Red Wings
Washington Capitals
NHL Draft 88th overall, 1970
California Golden Seals
Playing career 1970–1982


Playing careerEdit

Murray was born in Shawville, Quebec. A defenceman in his playing days, Murray was drafted by the California Golden Seals in the 1970 NHL Entry Draft. He played for the Philadelphia Flyers, Detroit Red Wings, and Washington Capitals.

Coaching careerEdit

Following his final season as an active player in 1981–82, he became an assistant coach for his brother Bryan Murray, then the Capitals' head coach, establishing the NHL's first brother coaching combination.

Murray later served as head coach of their AHL affiliate, the Baltimore Skipjacks. He was promoted to the Capitals head coach position in the middle of the 1989–90 NHL season, replacing his brother Bryan. Under Murray's guidance the Capitals advanced further into the NHL playoffs than ever before, winning two rounds before being swept by Boston in the conference finals. Murray coached the Capitals until the middle of the 1993–94 NHL season when he was replaced by Jim Schoenfeld.

After a brief coaching stint as head coach of the Cincinnati Cyclones in the IHL, Murray became head coach of the Philadelphia Flyers, where he put together the "Legion of Doom" line consisting of Eric Lindros, John LeClair, and Mikael Renberg.[2] In three seasons as head coach of the Flyers (1994–95 through 1996–97), Murray compiled a 118–64–30 record and coached the team to two Atlantic Division Championships (1994–95 and 1995–96) and to the 1997 Stanley Cup Finals as the Eastern Conference Champion. After beating three teams easily with 4-1 series wins, the Flyers were swept by the Detroit Red Wings in four games. Despite this accomplishment, Murray was fired after the end of the 1997 playoffs. One website had described Terry's shuffling of goaltenders Ron Hextall and Garth Snow to be unprofessional,[3] and he had described the 6-1 loss in Game 3 as a choking situation during a closed-door meeting with his players, which angered them since it "exposed and pulverized" the "fragility of the team's confidence".[3][4] Murray served as a pro scout for the Flyers during the 1997–98 season.

During the 1998–99 season, Murray assumed the Panthers' head coaching position from his brother, Bryan, the interim Panthers' coach, after Doug MacLean was fired. In 1999–2000, Murray led the Panthers to a franchise record 98-point season, team-record 43 victories and into the first round of the playoffs. He was replaced by Duane Sutter at the Panthers' helm in the fall of 2000.

Murray served as a pro scout for the Philadelphia Flyers over parts of three seasons (2000–01 to 2002–03), and joined the coaching staff as assistant coach from 2004 to 2008.

He served as coach of the Los Angeles Kings from July 17, 2008 until December 12, 2011.[5] At the time of his dismissal, he ranked third in franchise wins (139), fourth in games coached (275) and first in winning percentage (.560). Assistant coach John Stevens was named interim head coach. When the Kings won the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals under then-head coach Darryl Sutter, they requested the NHL to have Murray's name included on the cup, but were denied by the NHL.

Murray then served as head coach of the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, and was later named as an assistant coach for the Buffalo Sabres on June 18, 2015.

Personal lifeEdit

Terry and his wife, Linda, have two daughters, Meaghan and Lindsey.

Murray, one of ten children of Clarence and Rhoda Murray, was born and raised in the Ottawa Valley town of Shawville, Quebec, near Ottawa.

NHL coaching recordEdit

Team Year Regular season Post season
G W L T OTL Pts Finish Result
WAS 1989–90 34 18 14 2 - (78) 3rd in Patrick Lost in Conference Finals
WAS 1990–91 80 37 36 7 - 81 3rd in Patrick Lost in second round
WAS 1991–92 80 45 27 8 - 98 2nd in Patrick Lost in first round
WAS 1992–93 84 43 34 7 - 93 2nd in Patrick Lost in first round
WAS 1993–94 47 20 23 4 - (88) 3rd in Atlantic (fired)
PHI 1994–95 48 28 16 4 - 60 1st in Atlantic Lost in Conference Finals
PHI 1995–96 82 45 24 13 - 103 1st in Atlantic Lost in second round
PHI 1996–97 82 45 24 13 - 103 2nd in Atlantic Lost in Cup Finals
FLA 1998–99 82 30 34 18 - 78 2nd in Southeast Missed playoffs
FLA 1999–2000 82 43 27 6 - 98 2nd in Southeast Lost in first round
FLA 2000–01 36 6 18 7 - (66) 3rd in Southeast (fired)
LA 2008–09 82 34 37 - 11 79 5th in Pacific Missed playoffs
LA 2009–10 82 46 27 - 9 101 3rd in Pacific Lost in first round
LA 2010-11 82 46 30 - 6 98 4th in Pacific Lost in first round
LA 2011–12 29 13 12 - 4 (95) 4th in Pacific (fired)
Total 1012 499 383 89 30 1128 10 playoff appearances


  1. ^ Ballou, Bill (December 31, 2013). "Worcester Sharks lose Freddie Hamilton to San Jose". Telegram & Gazette. Retrieved January 1, 2014. 
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Preceded by
Bryan Murray
Head coach of the Washington Capitals
Succeeded by
Jim Schoenfeld
Preceded by
Terry Simpson
Head coach of the Philadelphia Flyers
Succeeded by
Wayne Cashman
Preceded by
Bryan Murray
Head coach of the Florida Panthers
Succeeded by
Duane Sutter
Preceded by
Marc Crawford
Head coach of the Los Angeles Kings
Succeeded by
John Stevens (interim)