Murray remains a staple of the Blackhawks ahead of Hockey Fights Cancer night

November is Hockey Cancer Month in the NHL. Throughout the month, NHL.com will tell stories of people in and around the League who have been touched by cancer. Today Chicago Blackhawks analyst Troy Murray.

CHICAGO– Troy Murray has been more present at practices and in Chicago Blackhawks radio and broadcast booths this season.

It’s been a busy time, but a better time for the retired NHL forward, who was diagnosed with cancer on Aug. 9, 2021.

“Compared to a year ago, my stamina and stamina are much better,” Murray said. “It got to a point where I wasn’t able to do much and it was frustrating for me to be very active all my life. But now I’m in a position where I have the ability to do things I couldn’t do.” do.

“I appreciate the fact that I’m in this position, I’m not taking anything for granted at this stage. Just to be able to come back and do the broadcast, which is good mentally for me, which is also good in terms of your health and your overall well-being, I’m glad I was able to be put in this position to come back.”

Murray, who has worked with John Wiedeman since 2006, continues to battle cancer. He will be part of the pregame ceremonies when the Blackhawks host their Hockey Fights Cancer Night before facing the Los Angeles Kings at United Center on Thursday (8:30 p.m. ET; NBCSCH, BSW, ESPN+, SN NOW).

Murray had 584 points (230 goals, 354 assists) in 915 NHL games with the Blackhawks, Winnipeg Jets, Ottawa Senators, Pittsburgh Penguins and Colorado Avalanche. He won the 1986 Selke Trophy as the NHL’s top defensive forward and the Stanley Cup with the Avalanche in 1996.

That’s a far cry from last season, when Murray didn’t attend his first practice until Oct. 21. That day, the captain Jonathan Toews brought the Blackhawks together at center ice, where they saluted and gave Murray a long slash.

“Obviously it’s nice to see him back and see him play as many games as he does this year,” Toews said Oct. 21. β€œHe obviously has a long history with this organization as a player, but also as the voice behind this team. For me, he was a great mentor and someone I looked up to over the years. It’s always a relief and a pleasure to see him get better and feel better, so it means a lot to us to have him with us.

Murray took part in the puck drop and made brief television and radio appearances when the Blackhawks hosted Hockey Fights Cancer Night before a game against the San Jose Sharks on Nov. 28 last season. A thinner Murray stepped onto the mat on the ice behind Devin Pittges, who was in remission after a battle with osteosarcoma, a form of bone cancer, and put his hand on the 15-year-old’s back as he approached the center of the ice.

Seeing Murray on a regular basis has been great for everyone, including the Blackhawks players.

“He’s obviously a guy we have fun seeing every day to talk about hockey or life in general,” said the forward. Patrick Kane said. “I think he’s a fixture in this organization and kind of like ‘Eddie O’ (former Blackhawks forward and broadcaster Eddie Olczyk). These people who have been around for so long and mean so much to the organization, going through tougher times. It’s good to see him doing better, that’s for sure.”

This season, Murray looks and sounds better. He gained weight. His voice became strong again. Work has been a great distraction in his fight against cancer, and he’s proud to be a part of Hockey Fights Cancer.

“It’s a very important month of the year for the NHL, I think the most important month of the year,” Murray said. “Everyone is affected, whether it’s personally, at the level of family, friends, everyone has been affected. So everyone can connect with what is happening with this disease.

“Last year I think was the first time a lot of people saw me. I think there was a shock and a realization. This year I will be taking part in some of the ceremonial aspects of Hockey Fights Cancer for the Blackhawks. But for me, it’s hitting home, and I think it’s just important to raise awareness of the extent of cancer, to shine a light on it like the NHL does, like the teams do. I think it’s a really important night for a lot of people because it affects everyone.”

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