Through a team statement on Monday morning, the Chicago Blackhawks announced that radio color analyst Troy Murray has been diagnosed with cancer.
The news was delivered in a statement posted on the team’s website and on Twitter, which included comments from Murray:
Blackhawks CEO Danny Wirtz also released this statement:
Troy Murray has the full support of the Chicago Blackhawks organization as he begins his treatments. He was a tough player on the ice and is as passionate as they come in the broadcast booth. We know he will fight cancer with the same vigor that has endeared himself to so many. The entire Blackhawks family will be right beside Troy, offering whatever support and care that he, his wife, Konnie, and his children, Blake, Julia and Phoebe need, every step of the way. At this time, we ask to respect the privacy of Troy and his family and to keep them all in our thoughts.
Murray, 59, was a third-round pick (57th overall) by the Blackhawks in the 1980 NHL Draft. He made his debut during the 1981-82 season and went on to play 915 games across 15 seasons with 230 goals and 354 assists. He spent 12 of those seasons with Chicago, appearing in 688 games with 197 goals and 291 assists. His best season was in ‘85-86, when Murray tallied career highs in goals (45), assists (54) and points (99) while earning the Selke Trophy as the league’s best defensive forward. Murray won a Stanley Cup in his final NHL season as a member of the ‘95-96 Colorado Avalanche.
After his playing career ended, Murray moved to a broadcast role, serving as the studio analyst starting with the ‘98-99 season. In November 2003, he moved to the color analyst role alongside play-by-play commentator Pat Foley. Murray shifted to a radio analyst role ahead of the ‘06-07 season with John Wiedeman and that duo has occupied the Blackhawks’ radio broadcasts ever since, a tenure that includes three Stanley Cup championships.