Douglas Murray (ice hockey)

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Douglas Murray
Douglas Murray 2013-05-09.JPG
With the Penguins during the 2013 playoffs.
Born(1980-03-12) March 12, 1980 (age 34)
Bromma, Sweden
Height6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight245 lb (111 kg; 17 st 7 lb)
PositionDefence
ShootsLeft
NHL team
Former teams
Free Agent
San Jose Sharks
Pittsburgh Penguins
Montreal Canadiens
National team Sweden
NHL Draft241st overall, 1999
San Jose Sharks
Playing career2003–present
 
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Douglas Murray
Douglas Murray 2013-05-09.JPG
With the Penguins during the 2013 playoffs.
Born(1980-03-12) March 12, 1980 (age 34)
Bromma, Sweden
Height6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight245 lb (111 kg; 17 st 7 lb)
PositionDefence
ShootsLeft
NHL team
Former teams
Free Agent
San Jose Sharks
Pittsburgh Penguins
Montreal Canadiens
National team Sweden
NHL Draft241st overall, 1999
San Jose Sharks
Playing career2003–present

Douglas Thomas Lars Murray (born March 12, 1980), also known under the nickname Crankshaft,[1] is a Swedish ice hockey player defenceman who is currently an Unrestricted Free Agent. He was drafted in the 8th round, 241st overall by the San Jose Sharks in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft and played 8 seasons with the Sharks before he was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins in March 2013. On August 22, 2013 he signed as an unrestricted free-agent with the Canadiens.


Playing career[edit]

From 1999–2000 to 2002–03, he played for Cornell University. While at Cornell, he served as captain his senior year and was twice named a first team All-American. He was nominated to the Hobey Baker Memorial Award Final Ten in 2003. In the 2003–04 and the locked-out 2004–05 season he played for San Jose's minor league affiliate, the Cleveland Barons, and contributed both offensively and defensively, leading the team in plus/minus and being second on the team in points for a defenseman. He also served as an alternate captain. He was awarded the Cleveland Barons Rubbermaid "Player of the Year" (along with Josh Gorges) in 2005.

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During the 2005–06 NHL season, he was called up to San Jose, due to various injuries plaguing the team's defense. In his short time there that season, he gained praise for his physical presence, as well as solid defense, from such San Jose organization members as TV color commentator Drew Remenda.

Murray renewed his contract with the Sharks in June 2006, signing a three-year-deal worth US$1.65 million. Part of that deal was a $150,000 signing bonus.[citation needed] In late September 2008, he agreed to a four-year contract extension with the Sharks supposedly worth US$10 million.[2]

His first NHL goal was scored in his 115th career game on February 21, 2008, against Martin Biron of the Philadelphia Flyers.

In the pre-season game of September 26, 2009, Murray performed a hat trick, scoring 3 even strength goals against the Anaheim Ducks, leading to the 6–0 shutout victory, though it was unofficial due to it being in the pre-season. If it had been in the regular season, it would have been his first career NHL hat trick.

In 2010, he was chosen as the 16th-smartest athlete in sports by Sporting News.[3]

On March 25, 2013, the Sharks traded Murray to the Pittsburgh Penguins for Pittsburgh's second round pick in the 2013 draft and a conditional second round pick in 2014. The Sharks later received the conditional pick due to Pittsburgh's progression through two rounds in the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs.[4]

On August 22, 2013, Murray signed as a free agent to a one-year contract worth $1.5 million with the Montreal Canadiens.[5]

International play[edit]

During the 2008 IIHF World Championship, Murray checked Russian player Aleksey Morozov out of the game. Morozov suffered a severe concussion,[citation needed] while Murray received a match penalty.[6]

Murray represented Sweden in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

Personal[edit]

At practice with the Pens in 2013.

Murray's maternal grandfather is Swedish hockey player and Olympic bronze-medalist Lasse Björn. His paternal ancestors originate from Scotland. While his cousins all have Swedish names, his mother gave her children Scottish or English names. Murray's brothers are named Charles and Ted, with a sister named Roseanna.[7]

Murray attended Portledge School in Locust Valley, NY for his junior and senior years of prep school, playing for the New York Apple Core in nearby Long Beach, before attending Cornell University. He graduated from Cornell in 2003 with a B.S. degree in hotel administration.[8]

He is also the co-founder and managing partner of Uber Dispensing Co, which manufactures the UberTap, a hands-free three-spout keg tap invented by Murray and several friends from Cornell. Incidentally, while Murray represented Sweden in ice hockey at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, another of the company's co-founders, Jamie Moriarty, represented the U.S. in four-man bobsled at the same Olympics. He once rang the bell at the New York Mercantile Exchange in the summer of 2006.[9]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

  Regular season Playoffs
SeasonTeamLeagueGPGAPtsPIMGPGAPtsPIM
1996–97Djurgårdens IFJ2040006
1998–99New York Apple CoreEJHL6017476462
1999–00Cornell Big RedECAC3236938
2000–01Cornell Big RedECAC255131839
2001–02Cornell Big RedECAC3511213267
2002–03Cornell Big RedECAC355202530
2003–04Cleveland BaronsAHL7210122275930337
2004–05Cleveland BaronsAHL546172356
2005–06Cleveland BaronsAHL2017837
2005–06San Jose SharksNHL3401127
2006–07San Jose SharksNHL3503331
2006–07Worcester SharksAHL52138
2007–08San Jose SharksNHL66191098131122
2008–09San Jose SharksNHL750773860009
2009–10San Jose SharksNHL794131766151678
2010–11San Jose SharksNHL731131444180118
2011–12San Jose SharksNHL6004431500019
2012–13Djurgårdens IFSwe.11412336
2012–13San Jose SharksNHL2903326
2012–13Pittsburgh PenguinsNHL1412391521332
2013–14Montreal CanadiensNHL530224230000
NHL totals5187576441275491378

International[edit]

YearTeamEventResult GPGAPtsPIM
2008SwedenWC4th500027
2010SwedenOly5th40000
Senior totals00000900027

Awards and honors[edit]

AwardYear
ECAC Hockey All-Tournament Team2001
All-ECAC Hockey First Team2001–02
AHCA East First-Team All-American2001–02
ECAC Hockey All-Tournament Team2002
All-ECAC Hockey First Team2002–03
AHCA East First-Team All-American2002–03
ECAC Hockey All-Tournament Team2003

Records[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Crankshaft – Pittsburgh Penguins – Features". Pittsburgh Penguins. March 27, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Rugged defenseman Murray, Sharks agree on four-year extension". ESPN.com. 2008-09-24. Retrieved 2008-09-25. 
  3. ^ "SN names the 20 smartest athletes in sports". Sporting News. September 27, 2010. 
  4. ^ Muir, Allan (March 25, 2013). "Penguins strike again, add Douglas Murray from San Jose". SI.com. Retrieved 25 March 2013. 
  5. ^ "Canadiens reach agreement with Murray". The Sports Network. 2013-08-22. Retrieved 2013-08-22. 
  6. ^ "Russian guns on stun". IIHF. 2008-05-11. Retrieved 2008-05-11. 
  7. ^ Hickey, Pat (2008-05-09). "Murray stands tall for Sweden". The Gazette. Retrieved 2008-05-11. 
  8. ^ Khing, Tony (February 22, 2011). "A Passion For The Palate". San Jose Sharks. Retrieved May 24, 2011. 
  9. ^ Sportak, Randy (2008-04-12). "Sharks blueliner finds Swede way to tap into kegs". Calgary Sun. 
  10. ^ Pollak, David (April 3, 2011). "San Jose Sharks rally to beat Anaheim Ducks". San Jose Mercury News. Archived from the original on May 24, 2011. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Brian McMeekin
ECAC Hockey Best Defensive Defenseman
2002–03
Succeeded by
Scott Ford