Rob Murray named Tulsa head coach

Rob Murray joins the Tulsa Oilers after spending the previous six seasons as head coach of the Alaska Aces. In 2013-14, Murray led the Aces to an ECHL record fourth consecutive – and Murray’s third straight – Brabham Cup as ECHL regular-season champions with 97 points and to the team’s third Kelly Cup title with a 4 games to 2 win over Cincinnati. In his first season with the Aces in 2011-12, Murray was named a co-recipient of the John Brophy Award as ECHL Coach of the Year, leading the club to its sixth division title in nine ECHL seasons.

 

Prior to joining Alaska, Murray spent eight seasons with the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League. He was the club’s assistant coach from 2004-08, working alongside former ECHL player and coach Scott Gordon. When Gordon was hired as head coach of the New York Islanders prior to the 2008-09 season, Murray was elevated to head coach in Providence. In his first season as head coach, Murray led the P-Bruins to a 43-29-8 record and a berth in the Eastern Conference Finals. He finished his three-year tenure with a 117-103-20 regular-season record. While in Providence, he coached seven players who went on to win the Stanley Cup with Boston in 2011.

 

Prior to his coaching career, Murray enjoyed a 16-year playing career that included 107 National Hockey League games with Washington, Winnipeg and Phoenix. Murray ranks seventh in American Hockey League history with 1,018 games played and is second with 2,940 career penalty minutes and in 2017, he was inducted into the AHL Hall of Fame. Over 500 of his AHL games came with the Springfield Falcons, and he is that club’s all-time leader in games played, assists, career penalty minutes and single-season penalty minutes. Murray’s number 23 was retired by the Falcons, making him one of just two players in team history to have his jersey retired, alongside Hockey Hall of Famer Eddie Shore. Murray and his wife Carolyn have five children – Taylor, Zack, Quinn, Brendan and Mackenzie.

 

 

Coaching Record


 Reg. Season



Playoffs

Season
Team

Gms
W
L
T

GmsW
L
2008-09Providence (AHL) 8043298 1697
2009-10Providence (AHL) 8036386 
2010-11Providence (AHL) 8038366 
2011-12Alaska Aces (ECHL)  72 43 18 11  10 5 5
2012-13Alaska Aces (ECHL) 7249158 1165
2013-14Alaska Aces (ECHL) 7145197 21165
2014-15Alaska Aces (ECHL) 7235307 
2015-16Alaska Aces (ECHL)
 7227387 
2016-17Alaska Aces (ECHL) 72323010 
 ECHL Totals  43123115050 4227 15