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Garth Murray
Position Centre
Shoots Left
Height
Weight
6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
215 lb (98 kg)
Born September 17 1982 (1982-09-17) (age 34),
Regina, SK, CAN
NHL Draft 79th overall, 2001
New York Rangers
Pro Career 2004 – present

Garth Murray (born September 17, 1982 in Regina, Saskatchewan) is a Canadian ice hockey forward most recently for the St. John's IceCaps of the American Hockey League (AHL). He is currently a free agent. He has played in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Florida Panthers, New York Rangers, Phoenix Coyotes and Montreal Canadiens before signing a one-year contract with the Calgary Flames in 2009.

Playing careerEdit

Before being drafted, Murray played hockey in the Western Hockey League, for the Regina Pats. He was never known as a scorer (peaking at 33 goals, 63 points), but made a name for himself for his hard work and willingness to stand up for his teammates, demonstrated by three 150 PIM-exceeding seasons. The New York Rangers took a chance on him, drafting him in the 3rd round, 79th overall, in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.

He was a part of team Canada's silver medal team at the 2002 World Junior Hockey Championships.

He played for the New York Rangers' AHL affiliate, the Hartford Wolf Pack, and was briefly called up for a 20-game stint, where he scored one goal and recorded 24 PIMs. At the start of the 2005–2006 season, he was traded by the Rangers to the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for left wing Marcel Hossa.

He began the 2005–2006 regular season playing in the AHL for the Hamilton Bulldogs. He played 26 games, scoring a total of one goal and one assist while racking up 46 PIMs. His perseverance eventually convinced Habs GM Bob Gainey to call Murray up to fill in for injuries, and he would stay there for the rest of the season. He scored only five goals and six points in his 36 games as a Hab, along with 44 PIMs, but impressed the team and fans by his tireless work ethic and tough-as-nails style of play. Many fans believe his success caused Niklas Sundström to be removed from the Canadiens' future plans, taking his spot on the fourth line alongside Steve Bégin and Radek Bonk. Murray began the 2006–2007 season on the Canadiens' starting line-up but eventually lost his spot to the likes of Maxim Lapierre. On November 12, 2007, Murray was placed on waivers by the Canadiens and was claimed by the Florida Panthers. On July 18, 2008, Murray was signed to a one-year contract by the Phoenix Coyotes.

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1997-98 Regina Pats WHL 4 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0
1998–99 Regina Pats WHL 60 3 5 8 101
1999–2000 Regina Pats WHL 68 14 26 40 155 7 1 1 2 7
2000–01 Regina Pats WHL 72 28 16 44 183 6 1 1 2 10
2001–02 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 4 0 0 0 0 9 1 3 4 6
2001–02 Regina Pats WHL 62 33 30 63 154 6 2 3 5 9
2002–03 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 64 10 14 24 121 2 0 0 0 6
2003–04 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 63 11 11 22 159 16 0 4 4 29
2003–04 New York Rangers NHL 20 1 0 1 24
2004–05 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 55 4 5 9 182 5 1 0 1 8
2005–06 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 26 1 1 2 46
2005–06 Montreal Canadiens NHL 36 5 1 6 44 6 0 0 0 0
2006–07 Montreal Canadiens NHL 43 2 1 3 32
2007–08 Montreal Canadiens NHL 1 0 0 0 0
2007–08 Florida Panthers NHL 6 0 0 0 19
2008–09 San Antonio Rampage AHL 64 11 10 21 146
2008–09 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 10 0 0 0 12
2009–10 Abbotsford Heat AHL 80 9 22 31 169 13 1 2 3 34
2010–11 Victoria Salmon Kings ECHL 8 2 1 3 23
2010–11 Manitoba Moose AHL 55 6 5 11 90 13 0 1 1 42
NHL totals 116 8 2 10 131 6 0 0 0 0
AHL totals 411 52 68 120 913 58 3 10 13 125
ECHL totals 8 2 1 3 23

TransactionsEdit

  • Traded to Montreal by New York Rangers for Marcel Hossa, September 30, 2005.
  • Claimed off waivers by Florida from Montreal, November 13, 2007.
  • Signed as a free agent by Phoenix, July 18, 2008.
  • Signed as a free agent by Calgary, July 1, 2009

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