Executive Vice President and General Manager
Anaheim Ducks Hockey Club, LLC
Bob Murray is in his 45th consecutive year in the National Hockey League, his 12th as Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Anaheim Ducks. He won the NHL General Manager of the Year award in 2013-14 and has been a finalist for the honor three times. He also served as an Assistant General Manager for Team Canada during the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.
On Jan. 6, 2019 vs. Edmonton, Murray became the fifth person in NHL history to both play and manage 1,000 career regular season NHL games. He joined Bobby Clarke, Bob Gainey, Bob Pulford and Doug Wilson in the 1,000/1,000 club. Murray has now managed 1,039 NHL games (851 with Anaheim, 188 with Chicago) and played in 1,008 NHL contests (all with Chicago).
Under Murray's guidance, the Ducks have pointed 100+ standings points in five of the last six seasons, won division titles in five of the last seven seasons and made playoff appearances in six of the last seven campaigns. The Ducks are the NHL's most successful team drafting players into the NHL since 2010, having done so without a top-five overall selection (Anaheim has not selected in the top five since 2005, qualifying for the playoffs in 11 of 14 seasons since then). Anaheim has selected 58 players since 2010, with a league-leading 51.7% (30 players, tied with Boston) making it to the NHL (the league average is 38.0%).
Murray's 2016-17 Ducks were the seventh different team in NHL history to win five consecutive division titles and the only team to win the Pacific Division five consecutive years since its creation in 1993-94. Anaheim defeated Calgary and Edmonton in the first two rounds of the Stanley Cup Playoffs before falling to Nashville in the Conference Final. It was Anaheim's fourth trip to the Conference Final since Murray joined the team in 2006.
In 2014-15, Anaheim finished with the best record in the Western Conference (51-24-7, 109 points), becoming the first team since 2011-12 (Vancouver) to post consecutive 50+ win seasons. Anaheim defeated Winnipeg and Calgary in the first two rounds of the postseason before falling in the Conference Final to Chicago (seven games). The 2013-14 team finished with a record of 54-20-8, the best mark in franchise history. Anaheim posted the top record in the Western Conference for the first time in club history that season, setting season records for standings points (116), wins (54) and win/points percentage (.707), while also leading the league in goals (263). The 2012-13 club finished the regular season with the third-best record in the NHL (30-12-6, second in the West).
Murray was named to his current position on Nov. 12, 2008 after spending the previous three-plus seasons as the club's Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations. In that role, much of Murray's work behind the scenes led directly to many successful trades and other player transactions by Anaheim. During that three-year period, the Ducks won a Stanley Cup (2007), a Pacific Division title (2007), and qualified for the playoffs each season. Murray was the General Manager of the Portland Pirates (Anaheim's AHL affiliate) from 2005-06 through 2007-08. The Pirates went to the Conference Finals twice (2006 & 2008), appearing in six playoff rounds. Between 2005 and 2008 (three seasons), Anaheim and Portland combined to win 10 and appear in 14 playoff rounds, both the most of any organization in hockey.
Prior to joining the Ducks in July 2005, 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. He became just the fourth player in Blackhawks history to reach the 1,000-game plateau in 1989-90. In addition, he became the first defenseman in club history to appear in 100 postseason contests, reaching the mark during the 1990 Stanley Cup Playoffs. In all, Murray scored 132-382=514 points and currently ranks third in all-time points among Blackhawks defensemen (17th overall in club history). He was named to both the 1981 and 1983 NHL All-Star Games. Murray retired at the conclusion of the 1989-90 season. Known for his work ethic, intelligence and determination as a player, Murray remained with the organization as a Professional Scout following his retirement in 1990.
Bob and his wife, Betsy, have four children: Kevin, Amanda, Andrew and Katie; and four grandchildren: Mikayla, Aisley, Lily and Kaden.