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Murph Chamberlain, LW/C

- 5'11", 165 lbs
- Stanley Cup (1944, 1946)
- Stanley Cup Finalist (1938, 1939, 1940, 1943, 1947)
- Best Points Percentages (by the seventies system that discounts WW2 years): 59, 57, 51, 50, 47, 46
- Top-10 in playoff scoring 3 times: 6th(1939), 8th(1944), 9th(1946)
- Top-4 in PIM six times (3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 4), retired 13th in PIMs all-time
- Retired 19th in NHL playoff points (31), 12th in games (66), and 5th in PIM (96)
- Allan Cup Champion (1937)

Originally Posted by The Golden Years
They didn’t come much tougher than Murph Chamberlain. He played 12 NHL seasons with four different clubs and was one of the hardest hitters in the league, no matter what team he suited up for.

Chamberlain did not disappoint. Stretching 165 pounds over a 5-foot-11 frame, his ferocious competitive drive made him a feared adversary in bush league rinks from Sudbury to South Porcupine. Skilled offensively, the young forward could skate, shoot and carry the puck. He could also handle the heavy going, be it legally or outside the rules.

Chamberlain’s best years were spent with the Habs. So were his most enjoyable. Always popular the brash and outspoken “Hardrock” was usually at the thick of things. On the ice he maintained his reputation as one of the NHL’s best brawlers. Off the ice he was one of the hubs of the Habs social life. From time to time he took a raw recruit under his wing, initiating him to delights of Montreal’s nightlife.

Playing a solid second-line role, Chamberlain had his name engraved on the Stanley Cup for a second time in 1946, another year that saw him play a clutch postseason role.

In 510 NHL regular season games Chamberlain scored 100 goals and assisted on 175 others. He was also a successful playoff performer with 14 goal and 17 helpers in 66 postseason games. Perhaps the best measure of the Chamberlain’s contributions to team successes is that only once in his 12 NHL years did his team’s season end with the conclusion of regular season 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.
Originally Posted by Windsor Daily Star, November 22, 1937
Manager Jack Adams of the Red Wings must have done considerable growling last night as he watched Drillon and Chamberlain dancing around his defensemen… Young Chamberlain was a member of the Allan Cup champions last winter, and was spotted as a future Red Wing by scout Carson Cooper. Somewhere along the fast-moving hockey trail, Chamberlain got away and landed with the Leafs.
Originally Posted by Calgary Herald, March 21, 1940
Murph Chamberlain, battling centre ice player…
Originally Posted by Calgary Herald, October 15, 1940
Irvin… showed enthusiasm when he said that “Toe Blake and Murph Chamberlain were the first on and the last off the ice (at practice).” Blake has been practically a one-man gang for the lowly Habitants during the past couple of seasons, while Chamberlain, noted for his scrappy play, was picked up at the end of last season.
Originally Posted by Montreal Gazette, March 31, 1947 – Playing the Field with Dink Carroll
The Boston hockey writers did a great job of rabble rousing with their accounts of the first two games in this series in Montreal. They painted Murph Chamberlain as a cross between John Dillinger and Al Capone, blaming him solely for the dents, abrasions, sprains and gashes worn by the noble Bruins… the moment Canadiens appeared, everybody was looking for Chamberlain, and the fans were yelling for their heroes to take old Murph apart. Murph played a hard and effective game and stayed on the ice except for one incident where he and Milt Schmidy were fenced for fighting, and Milt was the aggressor in this case.
Originally Posted by Calgary Herald - Mar 21, 1949
Murph Chamberlain, scrappy Canadien veteran...
Originally Posted by Ottawa Citizen, April 6th, 1949
And now it’s Murph Chamberlain, the grizzled hardrock of Montreal Canadiens, bowing out of hockey… “I guess I’m about washed up from hockey as a competitor. After 12 years in the big league I’ll be ready to call it a career.” Never a brilliant star such as Lach or Blake, Chamberlain nevertheless is a hard-working, give-all type of player who could inspire any hockey team. When the going became rough, the grinning Irishman would take it all in stride – and come back for more… He acquired the “hardrock” appellation when playing senior amateur hockey with Frood Mines… Murph played in only part of the current playoff series with Detroit because of an injured hand. “That ice can get awfully hard. Three years ago playing against Detroit I tumbled on my head, hard. I came back and played. I played in the next game too. But I didn’t know much of anything for four days.”
Murph's role on the best checking line in hockey:

Originally Posted by
Peters usually skated on the Habs' defensive line with Murph Chamberlain and Ken Mosdell....
Originally Posted by The Windsor Daily Star Mar 20 1946
The famed pony line was sent against Billy Reay, Jimmy Peters and Murph Chamberlain of the Candiens who checked them closely all night and it was seldom indeed when they could get a shot away
Originally Posted by The Montreal Gazette Mar 25 1947
They also have the best checking line in hockey in Kenny Mosdell, Murph Chamberlain and Jimmy Peters. It has been pointed out that none of this line has scored many goals, but the fellows who have played against them have scored even less. And they have been assigned to most of the high-scoring lines in the league.
Originally Posted by The Windsor Daily Star Mar 30 1946
For the post-season series cagey Dick Irvin, Canadiens coach, lined up Billy Reay, Murph Chamberlain, and Jimmy Peters against the Bentleys-Mosienko trio and his strategy paid dividends.

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