MURRAY PROMOTED TO HEAD COACH
Former Assistant Coach Takes Over for Scott Gordon
Providence, RI - The Providence Bruins, the 2007-08 regular season champions of the American Hockey League, today announced that the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League have promoted P-Bruins assistant coach Rob Murray to head coach. He replaces reigning AHL Coach of the Year Scott Gordon, who recently accepted the head coaching position with the New York Islanders.
Murray, 41, becomes the ninth head coach in Providence history after serving as the team's assistant for the past five seasons, during which time the P-Bruins compiled a 221-141-20-27 (W-L-T-OT/SOL) record. His promotion comes nearly five years to the day from when he was named an assistant on August 22, 2003.
A native of Toronto, Ontario, Murray has been coaching since retiring at the end of a 2002-03 season after a 16-year playing career. Regarded as one of the true greats in the history of the AHL, Murray and long-time Bruins defenseman Eddie Shore are the only two men to have had their numbers retired for the Springfield franchise. Murray's number 23 was raised to the rafters in a pre-game ceremony in Springfield on February 10, 2007. Among Murray's accomplishments, he became just the sixth player in AHL history to play 1,000 games on February 23, 2003. He retired ranking sixth in the league with 1,018 games played. Murray also ranks second in AHL history with 2,940 PIM. He is Springfield's career leader in games played (501) and penalty minutes (1,529), and ranks first in assists (157), second in points (218) and fourth in goals (61).
Murray was known throughout his career as a leader, serving as the captain of four different clubs, beginning with the Moncton Hawks for two seasons from 1992-94. He was the Springfield Falcons' captain from the 1994-95 season until his trade to the Edmonton Oilers on November 30, 1999. He became the captain of the Oilers' AHL affiliate, the Hamilton Bulldogs for the remainder of that season. He also served as the Philadelphia Phantoms' captain in 2000-01 until his trade back to the Falcons and resumed Springfield's captaincy for the 2002-03 season. Murray also served as captain of the Canadian team at the 1997 AHL All-Star Classic in Saint John, New Brunswick.
In addition to his lengthy AHL tenure, Murray skated in 107 career NHL contests with the Phoenix Coyotes, Winnipeg Jets and Washington Capitals. Overall, Murray appeared in 1,205 games as a pro, registering 177 goals, 348 assists, 525 points and 3,190 penalty minutes.
Murray and his wife Carolyn reside year-round in South Kingstown, Rhode Island, with their daughters Taylor and Quinn, and sons Zachary and Brendan.
Providence Bruins season tickets, Flex Tix packages and single game tickets are on sale now for the 2008-09 season. To purchase tickets or to learn more information, call the P-Bruins ticket office at (401) 273-5000 or log on to the team website at providencebruins.com.