10 Troy Murray
1995-1996 Inaugural Season
No set tag. Neck tagging 56-R.
This jersey was acquired from the Colorado Avalanche during one of their late-season jersey auctions at McNichols Arena in May 1996. Although none of the first-year jerseys had a set mark, this jersey is believed to be from the second regular season set, due to the lighter wear, subtle differences in construction from the earlier shirts, and the timing of the auction. This particular jersey is notable because it is probably one of the few first-year, regular-cut jerseys that has no alterations, and is also from Murray's last NHL season. The jersey is easily identified as a first-year Avalanche jersey by its smaller crest, stylized letters, and blocked Starter logo on the hem. The jersey shows light game use, although the marks that are on it are quite prominent. The crest has some nice stick marks, and the back numbers have some decent marks, as well. The sleeves show some light wear, but overall the shirt is in good condition. A great reference piece. The jersey comes with the Avalanche notarized LOA that accompanied all of the auctioned jerseys.
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Troy Murray was the type of player every coach wishes for in his lineup. Murray, as a player, could bruise opponents from defense or burn a team on offense. He thought nothing of killing penalties or rushing on the power play. The only thing he didn't do was play goal.
The Chicago Blackhawks used the 51st pick overall in the 1980 Entry Draft to take Murray. Over the 1981 Christmas holidays, he captained the Canadian squad to a gold medal at the World Junior Championships. He followed that accomplishment up by playing with the University of North Dakota as they took the 1982 NCAA title.
Murray joined the Blackhawks for the 1982 playoffs and scored his first NHL goal. His first regular season goal came in the fall against Toronto Maple Leafs Allan Bester. His taste for the Chicago nightlife as a rookie nearly caused a career setback. Fortunately, veteran netminder Tony Esposito approached him on the subject. Esposito let the rookie know that the wild life would hurt his play, and that it was okay to stay at home on occasion.
Murray's career peaked in 1985-86 with his phenomenal 99-point season. The strong effort resulted in his winning the 1986 Frank J. Selke Award as the NHL's best defensive forward. He joined the Winnipeg Jets for the 1991-92 season. The Jets made him their team captain, but his stay in Winnipeg was short. Chicago reacquired Murray on February 21, 1993. A year later, Chicago traded Murray to the Ottawa Senators. With a +2 in 15 games, Murray was the only Senators to finish with a positive +/- statistic.
Murray played one season, 1995-95, with the Pittsburgh Penguins before joining the Colorado Avalanche. That move turned out to be one of the best of his career as it resulted in a Stanley Cup ring. Troy Murray played one more season before retiring as a player. The IHL Chicago Wolves temporarily kept the burly center from retirement.
Center - Shoots right
Born: July 31, 1962 - Calgary, Alberta
6-1, 189 lbs.
Selected by Chicago Blackhawks round 3 #57 overall 1980 NHL Entry Draft. Traded to Winnipeg by Chicago with Warren Rychel for Bryan Marchment and Chris Norton, July 22, 1991. Traded to Chicago by Winnipeg for Steve Bancroft and future considerations, February 21, 1993. Traded to Ottawa by Chicago with Chicago's 11th round choice (Antti Tormanen) in 1994 Entry Draft for Ottawa's 11th round choice (Rob Mara) in 1994 Entry Draft, March 11, 1994. Traded to Pittsburgh by Ottawa with Norm Maciver for Martin Straka, April 7, 1995. Signed as a free agent by Colorado, August 7, 1995. Became a free agent June, 1996.
- WCHA Second All-Star Team (1981, 1982)
- Frank J. Selke Trophy (1986)