Chicago Blackhawks radio analyst Troy Murray hasn’t been the usual staple at practices and skates since he was diagnosed with cancer on Aug. 9.
So, when Murray came to United Center prior to the Blackhawks playing the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday, the team gathered at center ice and, after being addressed by captain Jonathan Toews, saluted and gave Murray a lengthy stick tap. Attending media also applauded Murray, who was in tears as he waved to the Blackhawks.
“As a player and broadcasting here, he’s a big part of the Blackhawks family,” Blackhawks coach Jeremy Colliton said. “Been thinking of him when he’s been gone, but for him to be here is obviously a good sign.”
Murray, a third-round (No. 54) selection by Chicago in the 1980 NHL Draft, scored 584 points (230 goals, 354 assists) in 915 career NHL games with the Blackhawks, Ottawa Senators, Pittsburgh Penguins and Colorado Avalanche. He won the Selke Trophy, awarded to the League’s top defensive forward, in 1986 and won the Stanley Cup with the Colorado Avalanche in 1996.
“I don’t know him personally, but obviously there’s a lot of talk in the dressing room about how good of a guy and awesome of a guy he is and obviously him being around for a while here,” Blackhawks forward Brandon Hagel said. “So just kind of learning those things and obviously hearing from the other guys that have been around him, it’s unreal that he was able to make it out here today. It’s super special. I know a lot of guys, it was really special to them and it hits harder for most of the guys here.”
Murray has been an analyst with the Blackhawks since 2006. His return date to the booth has not yet been determined.