by Scott King
“I wanted to stick around,” Troy Murray said on the Blackhawks game broadcast Wednesday night following his suiting up in Hawks gear and throwing on his old number 19 jersey as part of the Blackhawks’ “One More Shift” initiative.
To the delight of Hawks fans, Murray has stuck around. In his 10 seasons with the Blackhawks (1981-1991), the now WGN Radio color analyst was awarded the Selke trophy as the league’s best defensive forward in 1986 and put up 488 points in what he regularly calls “the best jersey” in sports.
He hung up his skates in 1996 after winning a Stanley Cup with the Colorado Avalanche and has been a fan favorite Blackhawks TV and radio broadcaster since 1998.
“It was great,” said Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane, who grabbed a goal, an assist and a shootout goal in the Hawks’ 3-2 victory over the Senators Wednesday night. “I mean Troy is someone that is definitely beloved in this locker room. Just watching his highlights there it seemed like he was a fun player to watch. Obviously we didn’t get the fortunate chance to watch him [in person].”
Kane got a kick out of Troy’s tribute video.
“Won the Selke trophy, looked good up there with his hairdo at the awards,” Kane said. “Looked like he had a little mullet going there. That was nice to see him skate out before the game. I always feel that when we have those situations, it seems like we always come out and play pretty well right away. I thought that was the case again tonight.”
Hawks head coach Joel Quenneville noticed Murray’s desire to stick around.
“He wanted to play tonight,” Coach Q said. “Old time hockey.”
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