Terry Murray

Terry Rodney Murray (born July 20, 1950) is a Canadian retired professional ice hockey player and the former head coach of the Washington Capitals, Philadelphia Flyers, Florida Panthers and Los Angeles Kings. He is currently an assistant coach for the Lehigh Valley Phantoms of the American Hockey League.

Terry Murray
Born (1950-07-20) July 20, 1950
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 19701982

Playing career

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 career

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.[1] 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,[2] 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".[2][3] 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.[4] 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 of the American Hockey League. At the time, Murray was the only coach in the AHL who had coached in the league in the 1980s.[5] He was later named as an assistant coach for the Buffalo Sabres on June 18, 2015. He returned to the Phantoms as an assistant coach in December 2018.

Personal life

Terry and his wife, Linda, reside in Scarborough, Maine. They 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.

Career statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1965–66 Pembroke Lumber Kings CJHL
1967–68 Ottawa 67's OHA-Jr. 52 0 4 4 59
1968–69 Ottawa 67's OHA-Jr. 50 1 16 17 39 7 0 1 1 4
1969–70 Ottawa 67's OHA-Jr. 50 4 24 28 43 5 0 0 0 2
1970–71 Providence Reds AHL 57 1 22 23 47 10 0 1 1 5
1971–72 Baltimore Clippers AHL 30 0 5 5 13
1971–72 Boston Braves AHL 9 0 0 0 0
1971–72 Oklahoma City Blazers CHL 17 1 1 2 19 6 0 0 0 2
1972–73 California Golden Seals NHL 23 0 3 3 4
1972–73 Salt Lake Golden Eagles WHL 39 3 8 11 30 9 0 6 6 14
1973–74 California Golden Seals NHL 58 0 12 12 48
1974–75 California Golden Seals NHL 9 0 2 2 8
1974–75 Salt Lake Golden Eagles CHL 62 5 30 35 122 11 2 2 4 30
1975–76 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 3 0 0 0 2 6 0 1 1 0
1975–76 Richmond Robins AHL 67 8 48 56 95 6 1 4 5 2
1976–77 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 36 0 13 13 14
1976–77 Detroit Red Wings NHL 23 0 7 7 10
1977–78 Philadelphia Firebirds AHL 7 2 1 3 13
1977–78 Maine Mariners AHL 68 9 40 49 53 12 1 7 8 28
1978–79 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 5 0 0 0 0
1978–79 Maine Mariners AHL 55 14 23 37 14 10 1 5 6 6
1979–80 Maine Mariners AHL 68 3 19 22 26 12 2 2 4 10
1980–81 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 71 1 17 18 53 12 2 1 3 10
1980–81 Maine Mariners AHL 2 0 1 1 0
1981–82 Washington Capitals NHL 74 3 22 25 60
AHL totals 363 37 159 196 261 50 5 19 24 51
NHL totals 302 4 76 80 199 18 2 2 4 10

NHL coaching record

TeamYearRegular seasonPost season
GWLTOTLPtsFinishResult
WAS1989–90 3418142-(78)3rd in PatrickLost in Conference Finals
WAS1990–91 8037367-813rd in PatrickLost in second round
WAS1991–92 8045278-982nd in PatrickLost in first round
WAS1992–93 8443347-932nd in PatrickLost in first round
WAS1993–94 4720234-(88)3rd in Atlantic(fired)
PHI1994–95 4828164-601st in AtlanticLost in Conference Finals
PHI1995–96 82452413-1031st in AtlanticLost in second round
PHI1996–97 82452413-1032nd in AtlanticLost in Cup Finals
FLA1998–99 82303418-782nd in SoutheastMissed playoffs
FLA1999–2000 8243276-982nd in SoutheastLost in first round
FLA2000–01 366187-(66)3rd in Southeast(fired)
LA2008–09 823437-11795th in PacificMissed playoffs
LA2009–10 824627-91013rd in PacificLost in first round
LA2010–11 824630-6984th in PacificLost in first round
LA2011–12 291312-4(95)4th in Pacific(fired)
Total10124993838930112810 playoff appearances

References

Preceded by
Bryan Murray
Head coach of the Washington Capitals
1990–1994
Succeeded by
Jim Schoenfeld
Preceded by
Terry Simpson
Head coach of the Philadelphia Flyers
1994–1997
Succeeded by
Wayne Cashman
Preceded by
Bryan Murray
Head coach of the Florida Panthers
1998–2000
Succeeded by
Duane Sutter
Preceded by
Marc Crawford
Head coach of the Los Angeles Kings
2008–2011
Succeeded by
John Stevens (interim)
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