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Murray Craven
Selected in first round
No. 17 overall by Detroit Red Wings

Born July 20, 1964
Position: Center
Height: 6-2   Weight: 185
Last Team: Medicine Hat (WHL)                        
Birthplace: Medicine Hat, Alberta (Canada)
Hometown: Medicine Hat, Alberta
Year TeamLeague GPG ATP PIM
1979-80 Medicine HatAlb. Jr. B ---- ---- --
1980-81 Medicine HatWHL 695 1015 18
1981-82 Medicine HatWHL 7235 4681 49

WHL All-Star Game:
1982 (Medicine Hat)
Miscellaneous: Rated in The Hockey News draft preview issue as the No. 18 overall prospect and No. 9 WHL prospect for 1982 NHL draft.
Debut: December 29, 1982 (Detroit at Minnesota)
Numbers:  22, 11 (Detroit); 32 (Philadelphia); 12, 32 (Hart.); 32 (Van.); 32 (Chicago); 22, 32 (San Jose)
Stanley Cup: Never won.  Playing Status: Retired 2000
Years TeamsGP GA TPPIM
1982-1999 Detroit, Phil., Hartford,
Vancouver, Chi., S.J.
1,071 266493 759524
YearsTeams GPG ATP PIM
1985-1998 Philadelphia, Hartford,
Vancouver, Chi., S.J.
118 2743 7064

Stanley Cup Finals (Lost):
1985, 1987 (Philadelphia), 1994 (Van.)
Philadelphia Class Guy Award (Media Vote): 1985-86
Philadelphia Points Leader: 1987-88 (76, tie)
Hartford Playoffs Points Leader: 1992 (6, tie)
Hartford Playoffs Goals Leader: 1992 (3, tie)
Miscellaneous: Missed part of 1982-83 season with bruised cartilage in left knee, an injury suffered during Detroit's Jan. 15, 1983, game vs. Toronto. ... Began playing left wing late in 1982-83 rookie season and would play left wing for the remainder of his NHL career. ... Missed half of 1987 playoffs with broken left foot, an injury suffered during Game 6 of Philadelphia's first-round series at N.Y. Rangers on April 16, 1987. ... Missed parts of 1988-89 season with hyper-extended right knee and lacerated eye, injuries suffered in November 1988, with bruised right foot, an injury suffered in January 1989, and with broken left wrist, an injury suffered during Philadelphia's Feb. 24, 1989, game at New Jersey. He did not return to action from the wrist injury until Philadelphia's March 27, 1989, game at New Jersey. ... Missed remainder of 1989 playoffs with broken right wrist, an injury suffered during Game 1 of Philadelphia's first-round series at Washington on April 5, 1989. ... Missed parts of 1989-90 season with back spasms, an injury suffered in February 1990, and with rotator cuff injury, suffered during Philadelphia's March 24, 1990, game at New Jersey. ... Scored goal and had assist in first game in a Hartford uniform on Nov. 16, 1991, vs. Boston. ... Missed part of 1991-92 season with groin injury, suffered during Hartford's Jan. 21, 1992, game vs. Winnipeg. ... Missed parts of 1993-94 season with hip injury, suffered during Vancouver's Nov. 2, 1993, game at N.Y. Islanders, and with strained groin, an injury suffered during Vancouver's Nov. 14, 1993, game vs. Anaheim. ... Missed part of 1995 season with sore back, due to chronic pain from a February 1995 weightlifting injury. ... Missed parts of 1995-96 season with bruised foot, an injury suffered during Chicago's Oct. 10, 1995, game at Los Angeles, and with charley horse, an injury suffered during Chicago's Nov. 12, 1995, game vs. Edmonton. ... Missed parts of 1996-97 season with bruised knee, an injury suffered during Chicago's Jan. 22, 1997, game vs. Vancouver, with bruised shoulder, an injury suffered during Chicago's Feb. 11, 1997, practice, and with stiff neck, an injury suffered during Chicago's March 2, 1997, game at Phoenix. ... Missed parts of 1997-98 season with thumb injury, suffered during San Jose's Oct. 19, 1997, game at Phoenix, with sore hand, an injury suffered during San Jose's Nov. 25, 1997, game at Toronto, and with strained neck, an injury suffered during San Jose's March 11, 1998, game at N.Y. Rangers. ... Played in his 1,000th career NHL game for San Jose on March 30, 1998, at St. Louis. ... Missed nearly half of 1998-99 season with leg injury, first suffered during San Jose's Dec. 19, 1998, game vs. Colorado. He did not return to action until San Jose's Feb. 10, 1999, game at Chicago. He immediately re-aggravated the injury during that game, and re-aggravated it again during San Jose's Feb. 26, 1999, game at Anaheim. ... Missed remainder of 1998-99 season and entire 1999 playoffs with final re-aggravation of chronic leg injury, suffered during San Jose's March 31, 1999, game vs. Colorado. ... Missed parts of 1999-00 season with thigh injury, suffered during San Jose's Oct. 13, 1999, game at Dallas, with knee injury, suffered during San Jose's Oct. 23, 1999, game vs. Boston, and with back injury, suffered during San Jose's Nov. 10, 1999, game at Calgary. ... Missed remainder of 1999-00 season with abdominal injury and hernia, suffered during San Jose's Nov. 28, 1999, game vs. New Jersey. The hernia required surgery on Jan. 10, 2000. The injury effectively ended his career at a time when San Jose was already in the process of negotiating to buy out his contract. The Sharks completed the buyout and released Craven on Jan. 20, 2000.
Craven's Long Wait: Prior to the 1994-95 season, Craven petitioned the NHL to be considered as a Group V unrestricted free agent instead of a Group II restricted free agent. Craven had played out his option with Vancouver in 1993-94 and was still a year away from being old enough to qualify for Group III unrestricted free agency. However, because he had played more than 10 seasons and had not earned the league average in 1993-94, Craven, who had earned $570,000, felt he deserved Group V status. Craven said he would not sign with Vancouver or attend the Canucks' training camp until the NHL had ruled on his contract situation. Vancouver had not made Craven a qualifying offer, so he could have signed an offer sheet with another team without Vancouver having the right to match the contract. However, if Craven did sign as a Group II free agent, Vancouver would be entitled to compensation from Craven's new team. This became the major sticking point in Craven's ability to find a new home. Unfortunately for Craven, the NHL lockout of 1994-95 began before the league had made its ruling. Craven was forced to wait until the league re-opened for business in late January 1995. It then took several more weeks for arbitrator George Nicolau to hear his case, and Craven's hearing was not finished until March 3, 1995. As Craven awaited the ruling from Nicolau, Vancouver announced that it had traded Craven to Chicago in exchange for Christian Ruuttu. Chicago offered Craven a four-year contract worth $4.3 million. Thrilled with the offer, Craven signed with the Blackhawks on March 10, 1995, thus nullifying the need for a ruling. It later turned out that Vancouver and Chicago had been negotiating the Craven deal for weeks, and that the Blackhawks had made another trade in February based on the knowledge that they were going to get Craven from Vancouver. Craven, who had strained muscles in his back while lifting weights in February 1995, finally made his Chicago debut in the Blackhawks' March 23, 1995, game against his former team, Vancouver. He had an assist in that game.
Post-Draft Teams: Medicine Hat (WHL)
World Championships: 1990 (fourth place), 1991 (silver medal)
City of Medicine Hat Wall of Fame:
Inducted 2000
Miscellaneous: Never played in minor leagues. ... Was active in charitable causes during his playing days, running annual Murray Craven Celebrity Golf Tournament in Medicine Hat, Alberta, to raise money for Canadian Diabetes Association.
Personal: Full name is Murray Dean Craven.
TRADE: Detroit traded Craven and Joe Paterson to Philadelphia in exchange for Darryl Sittler on October 10, 1984.

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