The Ducks announced today that the club has extended the contract of Executive Vice President and General Manager Bob Murray for four seasons. Murray is now under contract through the 2019-20 season.
"We're very pleased to extend Bob's contract,” said Chief Executive Officer Michael Schulman. “Since taking over as general manager, he has meticulously added youth, skill and depth to the organization. Having been in the NHL for the last 39 consecutive years, he has outstanding knowledge and expertise for the job. He's the right man to continue leading the hockey club going forward."
Murray is in his 39th consecutive season in the National Hockey League, his sixth in his current role with the Ducks. He was named to the position on Nov. 12, 2008 after spending the previous three-plus seasons as the club’s Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations. Under his guidance, the Ducks have won the last two Pacific Division titles, the first time the Ducks have won the division in consecutive years.
“Working with the Ducks and the Samuelis is an honor,” said Murray. “This is the right place for me and my family, and I’m very grateful to have the opportunity.”
Over the last several years, Murray has revamped the majority of the Ducks roster and expanded the club’s prospect pool. Earlier this year, the Ducks were selected as The Hockey News’ No. 1 team in Future Watch 2014, which grades the prospects and player development of all 30 NHL teams. Of the top 100 prospects named in Future Watch 2014, the Ducks have three in the top 30 and four overall. Anaheim held the No. 2 spot in Future Watch 2013.
Murray was also a finalist for NHL General Manager of the Year in 2012-13. The Ducks finished the regular season with the third-best record in the NHL (30-12-6, second in the West) and best winning (points) percentage in club history (.688).
Murray was the club’s Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations for three-plus seasons, beginning July 14, 2005. During that three-year period, the Ducks won a Stanley Cup (2007), a Pacific Division title (2007), and qualified for the playoffs each season.
Prior to joining the Ducks, Murray worked as a Professional Scout with the Vancouver Canucks from 1999-05. Murray’s scouting expertise helped to build teams that recorded 100+ point seasons two years in a row (2002-03 and 2003-04) and advanced to the Stanley Cup Playoffs four seasons in a row (2001-04). Before his stint in Vancouver, he served as a Scouting Consultant for Anaheim during the 1998-99 season.
Murray was a member of the Chicago Blackhawks organization for 25 years, serving as General Manager from 1997-99. He was named the sixth General Manager in team history on July 3, 1997. He was promoted to the post after serving as Assistant General Manager under Bob Pulford for two seasons. Before joining upper-management, Murray was named the Director of Player Personnel in 1991 and was largely responsible for the club’s NHL Entry Draft selections over eight seasons.
Drafted by the Blackhawks in 1974, Murray spent his entire 1,008-game, 15-year career in a Chicago uniform (defenseman). He was named to both the 1981 and 1983 NHL All-Star Games.