Rob Murray stands next to former Bruin Hannu Toivonen in camp three years ago. (Robert Klein/Boston Globe)
As expected, Rob Murray, assistant coach the past five seasons in Providence (AHL), today was promoted to the Baby B’s top job, replacing Scott Gordon, who last week was named to take over the New York Islanders bench.
Murray, 41, came to Providence as Gordon’s assistant in 2003 and helped shaped the Baby B’s into perennial playoff contenders, compiling a record of 221-141-20-27. Last season, the Gordon-Murray-led Bruins finished with the AHL’s best regular-season mark (55-18-3) prior to bowing out to Portland in the Calder Cup playoffs.
A center, Murray spent most of his career in the minors and captained four clubs–the Moncton Hawks, Springfield Falcons, Hamilton Bulldogs and Philadelphia Phantoms. Over the course of some 10 years, between Washington and Winnipeg, he also played 107 NHL games, compiling a modest 4 goals and 19 points.