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Murray coached the Los Angeles Kings from 1999-2006 and is the all-time franchise leader in wins (215) and games coached (480). In 2001-02, Murray became the second fastest Kings coach to record 100 wins as the Kings earned at least 90 points and made the playoffs for the third straight season, all under Murray. The 95 points earned by the Kings were the most since the 1990-91 campaign and the fourth most in team history. The Kings also lost less than 30 games for the second straight season, the first time the franchise has accomplished that feat.
During the 1999-2000 season, Murray’s first as an NHL head
As head coach In 2003, Murray led Team Canada to its 16th gold medal at the World Hockey Championship tournament in Finland, in a thrilling 3-2 overtime win over Sweden. Canada had last earned gold in 1997, with Murray behind the bench then as well, making him the only Canadian head coach to win gold twice.
Prior to joining the Kings, Murray was the head coach of the Canadian National Team from 1996-98 and guided his squad to a two-year 77-29-14 record. During the 1998-99 season, Murray split time as head coach for Shattuck-St. Mary’s in Faribault, Minnesota, where he led the prep school to a 70-9-2 record and the Midget Triple A USA Hockey national championship and as general manager at Koln of the German Hockey League.
Murray has 30 years of coaching experience, including seven seasons as an NHL assistant or associate coach with the Winnipeg Jets (1993-95), Minnesota North Stars (1990-92) and Philadelphia Flyers (1988-90). As an assistant coach in Minnesota, Murray reached the Stanley Cup Finals in 1991.
In addition to his NHL service, Murray has a tremendous amount of international coaching experience. As an assistant coach for Team Canada in 1996, he collected silver medals at the World Cup of Hockey and the World Hockey Championship. Murray also served as an associate coach for Team Canada under Marc Crawford at the 1998 Olympic Games in Nagano, Japan. Additionally, he has a record six gold medals as a coach for Canada at the Spengler Cup Tournament in Davos, Switzerland.
From 1976-78, he served his first head coaching position with the Brandon Travelers of the Manitoba Junior A Hockey League. He moved on to become head coach for Brandon University from 1978-81 and led the Bobcats to a league championship and the No. 1 ranking in Canadian University hockey during his final year. In 1981 Murray moved to Switzerland, where for the next seven years he coached several Swiss-A Division teams, including Kloten Zurcher and Zug, with success.
In 1987 he returned to North America as an assistant coach for the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League and helped guide the Bears to the 1988 Calder Cup championship. In 1992, Murray returned to Europe to coach Lugano in Switzerland and then at Eisbaren Berlin in Germany.
In addition to his coaching success, Murray has more than a passing interest in the Salmon Arm Silverbacks of the British Columbia Junior Hockey League, where he is a co-owner with long-time friend Garry Davidson. This past summer he also was named as an Honorary Mentor/Coach for Hockey Manitoba’s National Coach Membership Program.
Andy and his wife Ruth have three children (all hockey players): sons Braden (a fifth-round selection by the Kings in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft and a student/athlete at the University of North Dakota) and Jordan, and daughter Sarah (a student/athlete at the University of Minnesota-Duluth). They split their time during the summer between Faribault and Los Angeles