Executive Vice President and General Manager
Over the past 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.
Under Murray’s guidance, the Ducks have claimed the last two Pacific Division titles, the first time Anaheim has won the division in consecutive years. The 2013-14 club 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 and set season records for standings points (116), wins (54) and win/points percentage (.707), while also leading the league in goals (263). Murray was also a finalist for NHL General Manager of the Year in 2012-13, when the Ducks finished the regular season with the third-best record in the NHL (30-12-6, second in the West) and best win/points percentage in club history (.688, which was surpassed in 2013-14).
Murray has made other critical moves to help the Ducks qualify for the playoffs in previous seasons. In 2011, after Jonas Hiller was unexpectedly stricken with vertigo in February, Murray acquired goaltenders Ray Emery (free agent) and Dan Ellis (trade). Both Emery (7-2-0) and Ellis (8-3-1) played extremely well down the stretch, leading the Ducks on a climb that took them from 11th place to a fourth-place finish in the Western Conference. After a series of mid-season roster moves, the 2008-09 Ducks made a late charge to qualify for the playoffs, going on to beat the Presidents’ Trophy-winning San Jose Sharks in the Western Conference Quarterfinals. That made Anaheim the fifth team in the expansion era (1967-68) to upset the league’s top regular season team in the first round. The Ducks fell to Detroit in a dramatic seven-game series in the Conference Semifinals.
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 second in all-time points among Blackhawks defensemen (13th 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.