Don Murdoch (born October 25, 1956 in Cranbrook, British Columbia) is a retired former professional player who recorded one of the most impressive rookie seasons in NHL history. After a standout junior career with the Medicine Hat Tigers, Murdoch made the New York Rangers as a 20-year-old and immediately set the league on fire, scoring 56 points in 59 games his rookie season. A torn Achilles tendon ended his season in February, with some observers thinking he could have broken the rookie scoring record had he not been injured.

In the offseason in 1977 after his first season, Murdoch was caught by customs agents in Toronto with 4.5 grams of cocaine stashed in his socks. He was suspended by the league and later admitted to having a drinking and drug problem. He played 320 career games in the NHL but never regained the form of his first season, and retired after stops with the Edmonton Oilers and Detroit Red Wings. Murdoch had a reputation as a partier since his rookie year, and was once even romantically linked with Margaret Trudeau.

After his playing career, Murdoch worked as a scout for the Tampa Bay Lightning, under general manager Phil Esposito.

Career statistics Edit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1974–75Medicine Hat TigersWCHL70825914183515615
1975–76Medicine Hat TigersWCHL708877165202743723
1976–77New York RangersNHL5932245647
1977–78New York RangersNHL662728554131344
1978–79New York RangersNHL40152136618751212
1979–80New York RangersNHL5623194216
1979–80Edmonton OilersNHL10527432020
1980–81Wichita WindCHL2215102548181772424
1980–81Edmonton OilersNHL401091918
1981–82Adirondack Red WingsAHL2411132424450514
1981–82Detroit Red WingsNHL499132223
1982–83Adirondack Red WingsAHL3510122219
1983–84Montana MagicCHL171010202
1983–84Adirondack Red WingsAHL5926204619
1984–85Muskegon LumberjacksIHL3218133141663926
1985–86Muskegon LumberjacksIHL124480
1985–86Indianapolis CheckersIHL114374
1985–86Toledo GoaldiggersIHL371523388
NHL totals 320 121 116 237 155 24 10 8 18 16

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