There's a lot to be said for consistency, and Bob Murray practically defines the word.
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Drafted by the Chicago in 1978, Murray spent his entire career all 1,008 games in the red, black and white of the Black Hawks. A tireless worker and a fearless leader on the ice, Bob brought those same attributes to the organization when he was appointed a scout for the Hawks after hanging up the skates for good in 1990. A year later, he was Chicago's Director of Player Personnel, and by 1995, Bob was the club's assistant general manager. During the summer of 1997, Murray was promoted to general manager, a role he held for two years. In all, Bob spent 28 years with the Chicago organization.
After a one-year stint Anaheim, Bob worked with the Vancouver Canucks from 1999 to 2005. In July 2005, Murray returned to Anaheim, hired as the Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations.
Bob met the Stanley Cup at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport on Saturday, September 1. It was the first time Murray had contributed to a Stanley Cup championship, although in 2005, he had watched both the NHL Ducks and their AHL affiliate in Portland go to the conference final.
From the airport, Murray took the Stanley Cup to his house for a celebration party. Although his wife Betsy, his son Kevin and daughters Amanda and Kathleen were excited, his other son, Andrew, was beyond excitement, and smiled like the butcher's dog from the moment the Cup arrived until it was driven away.
|Anaheim Ducks Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations, Bob Murray (upper right) and members of his family pose with hockey's Holy Grail.
The next day, the second of September, was a day at the golf course for Bob and the Stanley Cup. While members and guests, including retired NHL star Trent Klatt, played eighteen holes, the Stanley Cup sat in the clubhouse. It was anything but alone. Every golfer that day had the opportunity to get his or her photograph taken with hockey's historic trophy.
It was a historic day, and one enjoyed enormously by the appreciative Murray.
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On Friday, the Stanley Cup Journal takes you into the lives of two more executives with the Ducks CEO Michael Schulman and President Tim Ryan. Hope it's a great week 'til then!
Kevin Shea is one of the contributors to 'Travels With Stanley' by The Keepers of the Cup, a book of geography and history lessons taught through the travels of the Stanley Cup (Fenn Publishing).
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