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11-27-2012, 05:28 PM
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D, Dana Murzyn
82 Playoff GP, 9-10-19 PTS, x1 Stanley Cup ('89)
Overpass's adjusted numbers:
838 GP, 48-148-194 ESP (18) / 27%PK .99
x1 Babe Pratt Trophy ('93) - Canucks Best Defenseman
Originally Posted by
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Named to the NHL's All-Rookie Team in 1986, Murzyn finished his inaugural season in Hartford with 26 points. Following his rookie season, Murzyn spent two more years in Hartford before being traded by the Whalers to the Calgary Flames midway through the 1987-88 season.
In 1988-89, Murzyn was key component on Calgary's blue line as the Flames defeated the Montreal Canadiens in six games to capture their first Stanley Cup in franchise history.
Prior to the beginning of the 1989-90 season, Murzyn and the Flames held their training camp in the Soviet Union as part of the NHL-Soviet Friendship Tour. The Tour was a four game exhibition series between the Flames the Soviets. Just past the midway point of the 1990-91 season, Murzyn was dealt to the Vancouver Canucks where he spent eight seasons, returning to the Stanley Cup Finals for a second time in his career in 1994, loosing in seven games to the New York Rangers.
Originally Posted by
Greatest Hockey Legends
However Murzyn would never develop in to that well rounded bruising rearguard with an offensive flare at the NHL level. His major downfall was his skating. Simply put, he lacked the agility and lateral movement of an average NHL defenseman. His skating flaws were definitely highlighted once he reached the pros.
However Murzyn was still able to transform himself into a valuable commodity for 14 NHL seasons. How did he do that? By playing a hard working, hard hitting, honest game. He did much of the dirty work that make or break teams and that many players wouldn't do themselves. "Hank," as he was affectionately known as, was a punishing hitter. And although he rarely won a fight, he always showed up.
Murzyn made a pretty good living by clearing creases and blocking NHL shots. And while the fans may not have noticed or appreciated Hank's efforts, the players certainly did. Wayne Gretzky, for one, is probably happy to see Murzyn go. The Great One admitted on more than one occasion that he doesn't particularly enjoy playing against Murzyn. Murzyn somehow knew how to get under the skin of Gretzky, and wasn't afraid to rough him up a bit either.
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