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18 Days of Blackhawks Drafts: Troy Murray (1980)

by Brad Boron / Chicago Blackhawks

Before the Blackhawks take the podium to announce the 18th overall selection of the 2012 NHL Draft, the Blackhawks Blog takes you through the history of the team's greatest draft picks, and how they spent their time in the Blackhawks sweater.

C Troy Murray - Selected 57th overall in the 1980 Entry Draft

Another great value from the 1980 Blackhawks draft class - the same one that brought Denis Savard, Steve Larmer, Steve Ludzik and Jerome Dupont to Chicago, as well - the 57th overall selection became shutdown centerman Troy Murray.

Though he did not make his Blackhawks debut until the 1982 Stanley Cup Playoffs - captaining the Canadian team to a 1982 World Junior Championship and helping North Dakota win the 1982 NCAA title in the meantime - Murray's impact on the team over time was undeniable.

Named by Wayne Gretzky as the one toughest defenders he'd ever faced, Murray excelled on both ends of the ice: he could kill penalties, score a power-play goal or check an opponent's top line. Teamed on the famous "Clydesdale Line" with Eddie Olczyk and Curt Fraser, Murray's offensive production took off. His best season with Chicago was 1985-86, when he scored 99 points (45G, 54A), also earning the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the league's top defensive forward.

Murray finished his career scoring 230 goals and 354 assists in 915 career NHL games. In twelve seasons with the Blackhawks, he recorded 291 assists, which ranks 14th all-time in franchise history, and his 488 points ranks 15th on the team's franchise leaderboard.

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