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The club and players aren’t the only ones that make milestones. Here is what the Anaheim Ducks wrote on the huge milestone in the career of the Ducks GM Bob Murray:
Ducks Executive Vice President/General Manager Bob Murray is set to become the fifth person in NHL history to both play and manage (GM) 1,000 career regular season NHL games. On Sunday, January 6 vs. Edmonton, Murray will join Bobby Clarke, Bob Gainey, Bob Pulford and Doug Wilson in the 1,000/1,000 club.
“Congratulations to Bob on this terrific achievement,” said Ducks Owners Henry and Susan Samueli. “To be able to both play and manage 1,000 NHL games is a special and rare accomplishment, one that shows incredible commitment and passion toward your craft. To be working in the NHL for an astounding 44 consecutive years is a testament to his success as both a player and executive.”
A three-time finalist for NHL General Manager of the Year (won in 2013-14), Murray has led Anaheim to the playoffs the last six consecutive seasons (only Pittsburgh has a longer streak) and five consecutive 100+ point seasons (NHL’s longest active streak). The Ducks are the only Western Conference team to play in the Conference Finals in two of the last four seasons and have won a conference-leading 31 playoff games since 2014.
Murray has been a General Manager (Anaheim and Chicago) for 998 NHL games, posting a record of 507-363-128. With Anaheim, he has managed 810 games, going 443-268-99. He is the longest serving and winningest GM in club history. As a player, Murray appeared in 1,008 NHL games (all with Chicago), scoring 132-382=514 points. He played in the 1981 and 1983 NHL All-Star Games.
Murray has spent the last 44 consecutive years in the NHL. He joined the Ducks in 2005 as Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations and was named to his current role on Nov. 12, 2008 (11th season as Executive VP/GM). Since Murray joined the Ducks, the club has been to the playoffs 11 times and Conference Finals four times. Murray played a key role behind the scenes in his first few years with Anaheim, helping the Ducks to the Stanley Cup in 2007.
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