Murray's career started with the Vancouver Canucks in the 1977 season, when he played one period for the team. It ended with the 1988 season with the Hawks. Tony Esposito's backup for the early portion of his career, Murray Bannerman finally got a chance to shine in the first round of the 1982 playoffs. He won his first two games—on the road no less—and powered his Chicago team to a series victory over the Minnesota North Stars.
He became the number one goalie in Chicago the next season, with Esposito acting as his backup, and eventually tended goal twice in the NHL All-Star game for his yeoman work in the Hawk net. Bannerman was the 'player to be named later' when he came to Chicago in 1978. Pit Martin, once traded for Phil Esposito, was dealt by Chicago to Vancouver in 1977.
Bannerman sits fifth on the Blackhawks' all-time goalie list with 116 wins and 288 games played. He finished with a 3.83 GAA and over 1,600 minutes played in a Chicago jersey. Bannerman is also fourth on the all-time Blackhawks' goaltender playoff statistics list with 20 wins and 40 games played.
He also does periodic work for the Blackhawk Alumni Association.
Selected by Vancouver Canucks 4th round (#58) in 1977 NHL Amateur Draft
Selected by Winnipeg Jets 10th round (#88) in 1977 WHA Amateur Draft
Career Statistics[edit | edit source]
|1971-72||St. James Canadians||MJHL||26||na||104||1||4.16||na||na||na||na||na|
|1972-73||St. James Canadians||MJHL||31||na||na||na||3.51||na||na||na||na||na|
|1973-74||St. James Canadians||MJHL||17||na||69||0||4.45||na||na||na||na||na|
|1975-76||Assiniboine Park Monarchs||MJHL||8||6||22||1||2.75||na||na||na||na||na|
Awards & Achievements[edit | edit source]
- co-winner Terry Sawchuk Memorial Trophy MJHL Goals Against Average Leader (1973)
- MJHL South Division Second All-Star Team (1973)
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