Lyleton, Manitoba’s Marty Murray has a new gig.
On Tuesday, the Sioux Falls Stampede of the United States Hockey League named the honoured member of the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame, the eighth general manager and head coach in franchise history.
“Marty is recognized as one of the top recruiters, teachers and developers of elite hockey players in North America,” said Stampede managing partner Brian Schoenborn. “He is an exceptional person and leader and the perfect fit to guide our team for many years to come.”
Murray, 45, spent the last eight seasons as the head coach and general manager of the Minot Minotauros of the North American Hockey League (NAHL). During his run with the Tauros, he forged out a record of 254-194-44. He had six-straight winning seasons between 2014 and 2020. He led the Tauros to a division championship in 2016-17 with a 38-18-4 record and was a Robertson Cup runner-up in 2018.
He was named NAHL Central Coach of the Year in 2015, NAHL Central General Manager of the Year in 2016 and 2017 and was named the 2019 NAHL and NAHL Central General Manager of the Year. The Minotauros organization was also awarded NAHL Central Organization of the Year honors for both the 2014-15 and 2016-17 seasons. His Minotauros teams have made the playoffs for the past seven years, the second longest active streak in the league.
“Throughout his time in Minot, Murray has helped over 60 players land NCAA Division I scholarships and developed several professional hockey players, including Los Angeles Kings forward Blake Lizotte,” said the Stampede in a written statement.
“The Stampede organization is recognized as one of the best in all of junior hockey and I can’t wait to get started,” Murray said, in a written statement. “I’m incredibly thankful to the ownership group for giving me this opportunity. We will work hard to put the best product on the ice and continue to be visible in the community of Sioux Falls.”
As a player, Murray was spotted in Lyleton as a 13-year-old and placed on the Spokane Chiefs protected list, but eventually played his entire WHL career in Brandon after the Wheat Kings sent goalie Trevor Kidd, another Manitoba Hockey Hall of Famer, to Spokane to acquire the diminutive forward. He began his WHL career with the Wheat Kings in 1991 and finished with 392 points in 264 games. He was named the WHL’s Player of the Year in 1995.
Selected by the Calgary Flames in the fourth round (96th overall) of the 1993 NHL Entry Draft, Murray spent his first four seasons between the Flames and Saint John Flames in the American Hockey League. He captained Saint John to a Calder Cup Championship in 2001.
His National Hockey League (NHL) career consists of 261 games, 31 goals and 73 points, with the Flames, Philadelphia Flyers, Carolina Hurricanes and Los Angeles Kings. He also spent four seasons playing in Europe. He played for Team Canada on four occasions, winning three gold medals. He was named to the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame in 2019.