Tommy Murray (ice hockey)

Thomas Robinson Murray (February 17, 1893 in Buffalo, New York – October 25, 1963[1]) was an American-Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender who played in various professional and amateur leagues, including the Western Canada Hockey League (WCHL) and Pacific Coast Hockey Association (PCHA).

Tommy Murray
Tommy Murray, Portland Rosebuds.jpg
Murray with the Portland Rosebuds in 1915–16.
Born (1893-02-17)February 17, 1893
Buffalo, New York
Died October 25, 1963(1963-10-25) (aged 70)
Fontana, California
Height 5 ft 7 in (170 cm)
Weight 175 lb (79 kg; 12 st 7 lb)
Position Goaltender
Caught Left
Played for Portland Rosebuds
Victoria Aristocrats
Vancouver Millionaires
Saskatoon Crescents
Playing career 1913–1930

CareerEdit

Murray started his amateur career in Winnipeg, Manitoba with the Winnipeg Strathconas of the Manitoba Independent League, in 1912–13. Amongst the professional teams Murray played with were the Portland Rosebuds, Victoria Aristocrats, Vancouver Millionaires, and Saskatoon Crescents. In 1916 he played in the Stanley Cup finals with the Portland Rosebuds losing in five games to the Montreal Canadiens at the Montreal Arena.[2][3]

Before going professional in the 1915–16 season Murray won the 1915 Allan Cup with the Winnipeg Monarchs as amateur champions of Canada.[4]

After the 1922–23 season Murray was out of hockey for two years but moved back to the west coast where he had spent the majority of his professional career. For the 1925–26 season he joined the Los Angeles Richfields of the California Hockey League where number of old PCHA and WCHL players (such as Moose Johnson, Bernie Morris, Lloyd Cook and Smokey Harris) spent the twilight years of their hockey careers. Murray played for five years with the Los Angeles Richfields and retired in 1930.

1933 Long Beach earthquakeEdit

On March 11, 1933, the Winnipeg Tribune published a story ('Tom Murray, hockey player, dies in quake') which claimed Murray was one of the fatally injured victims in the March 10, 1933 Long Beach earthquake south of downtown Los Angeles (which claimed between 115 and 120 lives).[5] His name had however been confused with that of a Los Angeles garage employee named Tommy Murray, as he had escaped the earthquake without injuries.[6]

Murray died in Fontana, California on October 25, 1963.

StatisticsEdit

 
Murray with the Portland Rosebuds.
    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP W L T Min GA SO GAA GP W L T Min GA SO GAA
1912–13 Winnipeg Strathconas MIHL
1913–14 Winnipeg Strathconas MIHL 13 8 5 0 780 46 0 4.54
Winnipeg Monarchs WAHL 1 0 0 0 30 0 0 0.00
1914–15 Winnipeg Monarchs WAHL 7 5 2 0 420 37 0 6.17 2 2 0 0 14 0 7.00
Allan Cup 6 4 2 0 24 0 4.00
1915–16 Portland Rosebuds PCHA 18 13 5 0 1092 50 2 2.75
Stanley Cup 5 2 3 0 300 15 1 3.00
1916–17 Portland Rosebuds PCHA 24 9 15 0 1464 112 0 4.59
1917–18 Portland Rosebuds PCHA 18 7 11 0 1132 75 0 3.98
1918–19 Victoria Aristocrats PCHA 20 7 13 0 1252 81 2 3.88
1919–20 Did not play
1920–21 Did not play
1921–22 Vancouver Millionaires PCHA 2 0 2 0 120 6 0 3.00
1922–23 Saskatoon Crescents WCHL 12 4 8 0 664 46 1 4.16
1923–24 Did not play
1924–25 Did not play
1925–26 Los Angeles Richfields Cal-Pro
1926–27 Los Angeles Richfields Cal-Pro
1927–28 Los Angeles Richfields Cal-Pro 21 13 5 3 44 2.10 5 0 3 2 300 12 0 2.40
1928–29 Los Angeles Richfields Cal-Pro 23 30 1.30
1929–30 Los Angeles Richfields Cal-Pro 17

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Hockey deaths - October 1963
  2. ^ "Canadiens are the World's Champions" The Saskatoon Phoenix, March 31, 1916.
  3. ^ Stanley Cup Annual Record 1916 nhl.com
  4. ^ 1915 Winnipeg Monarchs Hockey Club Archived 2012-06-04 at the Wayback Machine at Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame
  5. ^ "Tom Murray, hockey player, dies in quake", The Winnipeg Tribune, Mar. 11, 1933 (pg. 1 & 18)
  6. ^ "Five Canadians Among Victims Of Earthquake" "– Escaped Injuries", The Ottawa Citizen, Mar. 13, 1933 (pg. 13)

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