1,000 Games Behind The Bench

Friday, 11.11.2011 / 1:26 PM / Features
LAKings.com
This Saturday, when the Kings host the Minnesota Wild at STAPLES Center, Kings head coach Terry Murray will be behind the bench for his 1,000th game.

LAKings.com now takes a look at some interesting facts associated with the accomplishment.

NHL RANKINGS (AS OF FRIDAY, NOV. 11)
•    18th overall in wins (four behind Glen Sather for 17th)
•    Sixth overall in wins among active NHL coaches
•    Tied for 20th overall in games coached (tied with Nashville’s Barry Trotz and one game behind Roger Neilson)*
•    By the end of the regular season Murray will rank 17th in NHL history in games coached (1,065 – one behind Trotz)
•    Tied for seventh in games coached among NHL active coaches (tied with Trotz)

*Trotz will be coaching in his 1,000th NHL game tomorrow as well

PLAYOFFS
•    Tied for 20th overall in playoff wins (50)…tied with Montreal’s Jacques Martin
•    Tied for fifth in playoff wins among NHL active coaches
•    Tied for 19th overall in playoff games coached (101)…tied with Darryl Sutter and Buffalo’s Lindy Ruff
•    Tied for fifth in playoff games coaches among NHL active coaches

MISC
•    Began his NHL head coaching tenure in 1990…only Jacques Martin (currently with Montreal) was a head coach before 1990
•    Began his head coaching tenure with the Kings in 2008-09…tied for the eighth longest current tenure in the NHL (with San Jose’s Todd McLellan and Toronto’s Ron Wilson)
•    Reached the 100-win mark with the Kings faster than any other head coach in franchise history
•    Ranks first all-time among Kings head coaches in winning percentage (.563)
•    Recorded 199 points from 2009-10 through 2010-11 (the most in two consecutive seasons in Kings history)
•    Recorded 46 wins with the Kings in 2009-10 and 2010-11 (tied franchise record for most wins in one season)
•    Led Philadelphia to the Stanley Cup Finals in 1997
•    Led Philadelphia to the Atlantic Division Championship in 1995 and 1996
•    Led Washington to Eastern Conference Finals in 1989-90
•    Led Florida to franchise-best 98 points and 43 wins in 1999-00
•    His clubs have reached the 40-win mark in a season seven times
•    His clubs have made the playoffs in 10 of his 14 seasons

Quote from Bryan Murray, brother of Terry and current GM of the Ottawa Senators:

“To coach 1,000 games in the National Hockey League is a great accomplishment.  Obviously you have to have a lot of success over your career to get that opportunity to coach so many games.  Terry started with me and I am very proud of that.  Technically he is very sound.  He is a real solid bench coach.  He knows the game so well.  He knows when the right players have to be on the ice.  He is an outstanding communicator, an outstanding teacher.  I think he has grown into someone who has to be regarded as one of the best bench coaches, one of the best communicators in this league at this time.”

Terry Murray’s first game behind the bench as an NHL Head Coach took place on January 16, 1990.  The Washington Capitals hosted the visiting New Jersey Devils in front of 16,164 fans, and Murray’s Capitals won the contest, 9-6, at the old Capital Centre.

Murray’s line-up that night featured:
Don Beaupre – Starting Goalie
Bob Mason
Bill Houlder
Kevin Hatcher
Calle Johansson
Bob Rouse – Assistant Captain
Scott Kleinendorst
Kent Paynter
Kelly Miller - Captain
John Tucker
Geoff Courtnall
Alan May
Mike Ridley
Michael Pivonka
Stephen Leach
Dino Ciccarelli – Assistant Captain
Rob Murray
Yvon Corriveau
Dale Hunter
Mike Richard

Terry Murray was named head coach of the Kings on July 17, 2008.  He joined the Kings with a wide range of NHL experience as a head coach, assistant coach, scout and player.

Formerly the head coach of the Washington Capitals, Florida Panthers and the Philadelphia Flyers, Murray is the 22nd head coach in Kings history and has led the club to the playoffs two consecutive seasons.  He has a 493-377-129 regular season record during his 14-plus NHL seasons as a head coach (133-100-29 with the Kings).  Before joining the Kings, Murray was an assistant coach with the Flyers for four seasons.

As the head coach of the Flyers for three seasons (1994-95 through 1996-97), Murray compiled a 118-64-30 record. 

He began his NHL head coaching career with Washington for five seasons (1989-90 through 1993-94) and compiled a 163-134-28 record with the Capitals.  Murray also coached Florida for three seasons (1998-99 through 2000-01) and compiled a 79-79-42 record.

A native of Shawville, Quebec, Terry and his wife Linda have two daughters, Meaghan and Lindsey.