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Born July 20, 1950 (1950-07-20) (age 59),
Shawville, PQ, CAN
6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Defence
Pro clubs California Golden Seals
Philadelphia Flyers
Detroit Red Wings
Washington Capitals
NHL Draft 88th overall, 1970
California Golden Seals
Career 1970 – 1982

Terry Rodney Murray (born July 20, 1950 in Shawville, Quebec) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey player, and current head coach of the NHL's Los Angeles Kings.[1] He is the brother of current Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray.

Murray, one of ten children of Clarence and Rhoda Murray, was born and raised in the Ottawa Valley town of Shawville, Quebec, near Ottawa. He played hockey growing up.


Playing career

A defenceman in his playing days, Murray was drafted by the California Golden Seals in the 1970 NHL Entry Draft. He played for the Philadelphia Flyers, Detroit Red Wings, and Washington Capitals.

Coaching career

Following his final season as an active player in 1981–82, he became an assistant coach for his brother Bryan, then the Capitals' head coach, establishing the NHL's first brother coaching combination.

Murray later served as head coach of their AHL affiliate, the Baltimore Skipjacks. He was promoted to the Capitals head coach position in the middle of the 1989–90 NHL season, replacing his brother Bryan Murray. Under Murray's guidance the Capitals advanced further into the NHL playoffs than ever before, before being swept by Boston in the conference finals. Murray coached the Capitals until the middle of the 1993–94 NHL season when he was replaced by Jim Schoenfeld.

After a brief coaching stint as head coach of the Cincinnati Cyclones in the IHL, Murray became head coach of the Philadelphia Flyers, where he put together the "Legion of Doom" line consisting of Eric Lindros, John LeClair, and Mikael Renberg.[2] In three seasons as head coach of the Flyers (1994–95 through 1996–97), Murray compiled a 118-64-30 record and coached the team to two Atlantic Division Championships (1994–95 and 1995–96) and to the 1997 Stanley Cup Finals as the Eastern Conference Champion. After beating three teams easily with 4-1 series wins, the Flyers were upset by the Detroit Red Wings in four games. Despite this accomplishment, Murray was fired after the end of the 1997 playoffs. One website had described Terry's shuffling of goaltenders Ron Hextall and Garth Snow to be unprofessional[3], and he had described the 6-1 loss in Game 3 as a choking situation during a closed-door meeting with his players, which angered them since it "exposed and pulverized" the "fragility of the team's confidence".[4][5] Murray served as a pro scout for the Flyers during the 1997-98 season.

During the 1998–99 season, Murray assumed the Panthers' head coaching position from his brother, Bryan, the interim Panthers' coach, after Doug MacLean was fired. In 1999-2000, Murray led the Panthers to a franchise record 98-point season, team-record 43 victories and into the first round of the playoffs. He was replaced by Duane Sutter at the Panthers' helm in the fall of 2000.

Murray served as a pro scout for the Philadelphia Flyers over parts of three seasons (2000–01 to 2002–03), and joined the coaching staff as Assistant Coach from 2004-2008.

On July 17, 2008, Murray was hired as the coach of the Los Angeles Kings.[1]

Terry and his wife, Linda, have two daughters, Meaghan and Lindsey.

NHL coaching record

Team Year Regular season Post season
G W L T OTL Pts Finish Result
WAS 1989–90 34 18 14 2 - (78) 3rd in Patrick Lost in Conference Finals
WAS 1990–91 80 37 36 7 - 81 3rd in Patrick Lost in second round
WAS 1991–92 80 45 27 8 - 98 2nd in Patrick Lost in first round
WAS 1992–93 84 43 34 7 - 93 2nd in Patrick Lost in first round
WAS 1993–94 47 20 23 4 - (88) 3rd in Atlantic (fired)
PHI 1994–95 48 28 16 4 - 60 1st in Atlantic Lost in Conference Finals
PHI 1995–96 82 45 24 13 - 103 1st in Atlantic Lost in second round
PHI 1996–97 82 45 24 13 - 103 2nd in Atlantic Lost in Cup Finals
FLA 1998–99 82 30 34 18 - 78 2nd in Southeast Missed playoffs
FLA 1999–00 82 43 27 6 6 98 2nd in Southeast Lost in first round
FLA 2000–01 36 6 18 7 5 (66) 3rd in Southeast (fired)
LA 2008–09 82 34 37 - 11 79 5th in Pacific Missed playoffs
Total 819 394 314 89 22


  1. ^ a b Los Angeles Kings (2008-07-17). "Kings Name Murray Head Coach". Press release. Retrieved 2008-07-17.  
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Preceded by
Bryan Murray
Head Coaches of the Washington Capitals
Succeeded by
Jim Schoenfeld
Preceded by
Terry Simpson
Head Coaches of the Philadelphia Flyers
Succeeded by
Wayne Cashman
Preceded by
Bryan Murray
Head Coaches of the Florida Panthers
Succeeded by
Duane Sutter
Preceded by
Marc Crawford
Head Coaches of the Los Angeles Kings


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