Two time Stanley Cup Champion and former defensemen and coach Bob Murdoch has died on the age of 76, the NHL Alumni Affiliation introduced Friday.
The NHL Alumni Affiliation is deeply saddened to be taught that Bob Murdoch has handed away on the age of 76.
Bob had an illustrious @NHL profession each on and off the ice. In his first three seasons enjoying, Bob turned a 2x Stanley Cup Champion with the @CanadiensMTL in 1970-71 and… pic.twitter.com/fgA4U9Sve5
— NHL Alumni (@NHLAlumni) August 4, 2023
Murdoch had beforehand been identified with Lewy Physique Dementia, Parkinsonism and Alzheimer’s in 2019, the announcement mentioned. (RELATED: Chicago Blackhawks Proprietor Rocky Wirtz Dies Unexpectedly At 70)
The defenseman scored 278 factors in 757 NHL video games for the Montreal Canadiens, Los Angeles Kings and Calgary Flames, whom he would ultimately go on to assist coach as an assistant, the Alumni Affiliation mentioned.
As a participant Murdoch hoisted the Stanley Cup twice inside his first three seasons in Montreal, successful the championship with the Canadiens in 1971 and 1973, in keeping with the Alumni Affiliation. His efforts helming the Jets earned him the Jack Adams Award in 1990, awarded to the NHL’s coach of the yr.
Murdoch was let go from Winnipeg after the 1991 season and went on to assistant coach with the San Jose Sharks earlier than shifting on to educate in Europe, the NHL mentioned.
Murdoch’s former teammate and present Canadian Parliamentarian Ken Dryden penned a Toronto Solar op-ed final yr, noting the defenseman didn’t have a “crashing, bashing sport,” however mentioned that Murdoch was sensible and performed along with his head, even mentioning that he was a math main at Waterloo College. “The actual injury, as we’ve come to know, arises extra typically from routine hits to the top, over a sport, over a season, over a profession, cumulatively, a lot of them, the overwhelming majority of them unpenalized,” Dryden wrote.