Official last-minute statement from the Canadiens to announce the death of their former defenseman Bob Murdoch

Published August 4, 2023 at 2:56 PM

In the last few seconds, the Montreal Canadiens organization has released an official statement announcing the death of their former defenseman Bob Murdoch.

Murdoch, who was 76 years old, amassed 278 points (60 goals) in 757 career games in the NHL.

He played from 1970 to 1982 and also had a successful coaching career in the NHL from 1982 to 1993. He notably served as the head coach of the Winnipeg Jets and won a Jack Adams Trophy there, no less.

The NHL Alumni Association is deeply saddened to learn that Bob Murdoch has passed away at the age of 76.

Bob had an illustrious @NHL career both on and off the ice. In his first three seasons playing, Bob became a 2x Stanley Cup Champion with the @CanadiensMTL in 1970-71 and 1972-73 seasons. He would go on to play in 757 regular-season games for numerous teams, scoring 278 points.

After his playing career, Murdoch became an Assistant Coach with the @NHLFlames and coached in the League for 10 seasons. He was praised for his coaching efforts by winning the Jack Adams Award in 1989-90.

Bob was diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia, Parkinsonism, and Alzheimer's in 2019. His courage and bravery in battling these diseases was nothing short of extraordinary, alongside his wife, Bev, and daughters.

Bob was and is loved by so many, and his legacy on and off the ice will forever be remembered. We send our deepest condolences to Bob's family, friends, and former teammates during this difficult time.

Our deepest sympathies go out to his loved ones.

Details to follow.
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