Former Los Angeles Kings
and St. Louis Blues
coach Andy Murray was named Tuesday as the next coach at Western Michigan University.
Murray, 60, replaces Jeff Blashill, who left the school July 8 to become an assistant coach with the Detroit Red Wings
Murray coached the Kings for six seasons, from 1999 to 2006, making the playoffs in each of the first three seasons, but missing the following two, and then he was dismissed with the 12 games left in the 2005-06 season. He was hired as coach of the Blues halfway through the 2005-06 season, replacing Mike Kitchen. The Blues made the playoffs in 2009, but Murray was let go halfway through the following season, with the Blues 17-17-6 through 40 games.
In 10 seasons as an NHL coach, Murray is 333-278, with 58 ties and 69 overtime losses.