Flyers name Murray as Phantoms coach

Posted: June 30, 2012

The Flyers announced Friday they have hired Terry Murray as the the head coach of the Adirondack Phantoms.

"We feel very fortunate to be able to bring Terry back to the Flyers organization as head coach of the Phantoms," Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said in a statement. "Terry brings a wealth of knowledge and experience, is an excellent teacher and a strong believer in the development process of young players."

"I really appreciate the opportunity to come back to the Flyers organization, and I'm really looking forward to the challenge that's out there of coaching the Phantoms," Murray said in a statement. "The youth playing down in the American Hockey League is a real important part of the organization. I'm looking forward to the challenge of getting back into the playoffs and helping these young players develop and become NHL players as quickly as possible."

Murray, 61, returns to the Flyers for the third time as a coach. He most recently worked in the Los Angeles Kings organization, where he was the head coach from the start of the 2008-09 season through December 2011. Before joining the Kings, Murray was a Flyers assistant coach for four seasons from 2003-2008, working first under Ken Hitchcock and then under John Stevens.

Murray was the head coach of the Flyers for three seasons from 1994 through 1997, leading the Flyers to the 1997 Stanley Cup Final. He posted a record of 118-64-30 in 212 games with the Flyers.

In addition to his time with the Kings and Flyers, Murray has also been the head coach of the Florida Panthers (1998-2001) and the Washington Capitals (1989-1994). He has coached 1,012 NHL games during his career and has a record of 499-383-89-41. He has led his club to a playoff appearance in 10 of his 15 seasons as an NHL head coach.

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