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07-26-2011, 01:33 PM
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Murph Chamberlain

Awards and Achievements:
2 x Stanley Cup Champion (1944, 1946)

7 x Stanley Cup Finalist (1938, 1939, 1940, 1943, 1944, 1946, 1947)

Scoring Accomplishments:
He didn't rack up any top-20s, but he did have some respectable percentages: 61(1944), 59(1939), 57(1941), 51(1940), 50(1946), 46(1943), 45(1942)

Play-off Points - 6th(1939), 8th(1944), 9th(1946)
Play-off Goals - 4th(1944), 5th(1946)
Play-off Assists - 4th(1939), 10th(1944), 10th(1947)

Peak Years: 1939 to 1947
23rd in Points, 54% of 2nd place Bill Cowley
35th in Goals, 52% of 2nd place Bryan Hextall
14th in Assists, 62% of 2nd place Toe Blake

10th in Play-off Points, 66% of 2nd place Maurice Richard
11th in Play-off Assists, 64% of 2nd place Carl Liscombe
11th in Play-off Assists, 55% of 2nd place Elmer Lach

Style of Play:
Originally Posted by Montreal Canadiens official website
When Dick Irvin took over the reins of the Canadiens in 1940-41, he felt that his Habs were not tough enough to make it to the top of the NHL pile. Irvin found his man in Erwin Graves Chamberlain, who had previously played under his orders for three seasons in Toronto. It proved to be $7500 well spent as the 5-foot-11 forward, known to everyone but his parents as “Murph”, policed the ice at the Forum for most of the next decade.

An outgoing dressing room favorite, Chamberlain spent the better part of two seasons as a rugged two-way forward in Montreal before being traded for Brooklyn American Red Heron. Each player’s rights, however, remained with their original team through the end of the 1941-42 schedule.

The next season, Chamberlain was rented to the Boston Bruins where he enjoyed his most productive season to date before being repatriated by the Canadiens prior to the 1943-44 campaign. The gritty forward played alongside Ray Getliffe and Phil Watson on a trio that soon picked up a moniker of its own.

“The Gabby Line”, as valuable as it was voluble, provided solid secondary scoring as Chamberlain, who was perennially among the NHL’s 10 most penalized players, reinforced the team’s toughness. He was also good for morale. Quick with a quip and always ready for a good time, life in dressing rooms, hotel lobbies and railroad cars was never boring when Chamberlain was with the team.
Originally Posted by Dick Irvin
”Murph” is one of the best defensive forwards to break into the NHL in several years… Right now he’s as good as any rookie in the league, and, with the exception of Apps, I think Chamberlain is as good at this stage as any to come up during the last few seasons… Chamberlain’s defensive ability more than makes up for any lack of offensive strength.
Originally Posted by Tommy Gorman
Chamberlain and _______ are not for sale. We need them for those gruelling games on the road.
Originally Posted by The Leader-Post – January 13, 1938
His crude checking, which brought numerous penalties in the season’s first games, has been smoothed.

It’s not often Chamberlain’s name is seen in the scoring summaries. So far he’s only assisted on six goals and scored none himself. But primarily he is a checking center, flanked by Nick Metz and _______ on a line usually sent out to duel with the opposition’s first stringers.

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