Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Murray McLachlan
As a young boy playing hockey in the Humber Valley Minor Hockey League, Murray McLachlan always dreamed that one day, someday, he'd play for his beloved Toronto Maple Leafs. McLachlan eschewed the more traditional NHL route of plying his trade in Canada's junior hockey leagues, and decided to go the collegiate route instead.

Between 1967 and 1970, McLachlan attended the University of Minnesota, earning an economics degree while backstopping their hockey team and earning WCHA First All-Star Team honours the last two years of his stay. The Toronto Maple Leafs actually made McLachlan an offer when he was a 17-year old playing Junior B hockey in the city, but the goaltender declined the dream-offer in order to get his education.

The Leafs sent scout Johnny Bower, who knew a thing or two about goaltending, to Minnesota to watch the young goaltender, and with a glowing report back, the team signed McLachlan as a free agent before the start of the 1970-71 season. On the Leafs' depth chart, McLachlan was behind Jacques Plante, Bruce Gamble, and Marv Edwards, but with Toronto in last place, coach John McLellan decided to shake the team up, and summoned McLachlan from the Leafs' farm team in Tulsa.

McLachlan played one period in relief of Bruce Gamble in a 7-2 loss to the Bruins, then was chosen to start his first NHL game--a contest in Montreal against the Canadiens. But the NHL action was short-lived. After Montreal's third goal of the first period, McLachlan was replaced by Bruce Gamble, thus ending his NHL career.

McLachlan was sent back to the Tulsa Oilers, and never returned to the National Hockey League.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1965-66 Toronto Westclairs ON-Jr.B
1966-67 Toronto Westclairs ON-Jr.B
1967-68 University of Minnesota WCHA 22 13 9 0 2 3.23
1968-69 University of Minnesota WCHA 24 12 7 2 1 2.70
1969-70 University of Minnesota WCHA 25 18 7 0 2 3.24
1970-71 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 2 0 1 0 0 9.60
1970-71 Tulsa Oilers CHL 38 17 17 4 0 3.84
1971-72 Tulsa Oilers CHL 15 8 7 0 1 3.29
NHL Totals 2 0 1 0 0 9.60


WCHA Sophmore of the Year (1969)
WCHA First All-Star Team (1969, 1970)
WCHA Most Valuable Player (1969, 1970)
NCAA West First All-American Team (1970)
Signed as a free agent by Toronto, October 1, 1970.
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