Gifted with unparalleled leadership, recognized for his exemplary work ethic, Robert Murray made his mark as soon as his skates touched the ice in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
This Ontario-native defenseman quickly took control of the Cornwall Royals. In his rookie season, in 1971-72, he was named team captain. After averaging just over one point per game (63 points in 62 games), he was named Rookie of the Year. Meanwhile, his team went on to win regular season and playoff titles in the QMJHL. The Royals added the prestigious Memorial Cup to their prize list, junior hockey’s top prize. Murray was selected on the all-star team of this end-of-season tournament.
In the spring of 1973, the Royals were defeated in the finals against the Quebec Remparts, and Murray distinguished himself again with 22 points in 12 games.
In 1973-74, his team won 46 games and he was named to the QMJHL’s 1st all-star team with 99 points. The mark would become a league record for a defenseman which would hold for 5 years. His streak of 16 games with at least one point by a defenseman is still the 8thlongest streak in League history. His League record 6 assists in a game for a defenseman in the playoffs, which was established on April 6, 1973 in a 15-5 win against Sorel, still holds today.
He would record 233 regular season and 36 playoff points in 190 games in major junior. Those numbers were enough for the Chicago Blackhawks to select him in the 3rdround, 52ndoverall, in the 1974 NHL Entry Draft.
In the NHL from 1975 to 1990, he played 1,008 games, collecting 30 points or more 10 times – all with Chicago. Among the Blackhawks, he is 2ndall-time in scoring with 514 points. Murray was named a NHL All-Star in 1981 and 1983.
Once his playing career ended, he became one of the Hawks’ hockey men, becoming the club’s General Manager from 1997 to 1999.
After six seasons as a pro scout for Vancouver, he joined the Anaheim Ducks on July 14, 2005. His various roles in the team’s hockey department helped shape a world-class team that won the Stanley Cup in 2007. In 2014, he was named NHL General Manager of the Year. Under his leadership, the Ducks reached the semi-finals on 4 occasions.
Robert Murray will be inducted into the QMJHL Hall of Fame on April 3, 2019, in the Players category.