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|1982 NHL DRAFT PICK|
Selected in first round
17 overall by Detroit Red Wings
Born July 20, 1964
Height: 6-2 Weight: 185
|BEFORE THE DRAFT|
Medicine Hat (WHL)
Medicine Hat, Alberta (Canada)
Hometown: Medicine Hat, Alberta
||Medicine Hat||Alb. Jr. B
PRE-DRAFT AWARDS AND HONORS
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
Numbers: 22, 11 (Detroit); 32
(Philadelphia); 12, 32 (Hart.); 32 (Van.); 32 (Chicago); 22, 32 (San Jose)
Stanley Cup: Never won.
|CAREER NHL STATISTICS|
||Detroit, Phil., Hartford,|
Vancouver, Chi., S.J.
|CAREER NHL PLAYOFF STATISTICS|
Vancouver, Chi., S.J.
AWARDS AND HONORS
Stanley Cup Finals (Lost): 1985, 1987 (Philadelphia), 1994 (Van.)
Philadelphia Class Guy Award (Media Vote): 1985-86
Philadelphia Points Leader: 1987-88 (76, tie)
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.
Medicine Hat (WHL)|
World Championships: 1990 (fourth place),
1991 (silver medal)
AWARDS AND HONORS
City of Medicine Hat Wall of Fame: Inducted
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
|HOW HE GOT AWAY|
Detroit traded Craven and Joe Paterson to Philadelphia in exchange for
Darryl Sittler on October 10, 1984.||
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