Friday, May 28, 2010

Doug McMurdy - New Haven Blades 1958-59

Photo: Doug McMurdy in white AHL Syracuse Warriors jersey is stopped by Providence back line.

Springfield hockey legend Doug McMurdy passes

The hockey community lost an ambasador for the game this week with the passing of Doug McMurdy.

McMurdy, a member of the Springfield Hockey Hall of Fame, played for six seasons with the Springfield Indians in the American Hockey League, Eastern Hockey League and the Quebec Hockey League.

He started his time in Springfield in 1948 through 1951. After spending a year in Syracuse, he returned to the City of Homes, where he played until 1957. He spent the 1952-53 season as the player-coach, accumulating a 39-19-2 record.

In Springfield, he played in 286 games, tallying 267 points - 85 goals, 182 assists. In his professional career, which included stops in Springfield, Pittsburgh (AHL), Tulsa (USHL), Syracuse (AHL), Trois Rivieres (QHL) and New Haven (EHL), he had 664 points, including 201 goals, according to his obituary.

He was inducted into the Springfield Hockey Hall of Fame in 2000.

He remained in the Springfield area after retiring from hockey, working for distribution companies in Western Massachusetts.

From the Utica Daily Press October 23, 1958 p 15-A:
At the moment the New Haven lineup is a veteran group of holdovers with several key exceptions. Key men in the changeover from last season's third-place finishers is Doug McMurdy long-time Springfield Indian's utility player, who has regained his amateur status and will be in a defense post for the Blades. Together with ex-coach Don Perry and Capt. Ron Telford the trio — all former Springfield players — should give New Haven one of the strongest defense combinations in the league. Ron Rohmer, a mere "wisp" now at 185 pounds, has returned to the playing ranks to be the fourth defender ahead of EHL All-Star goalie Gaetan Dessureault.

Fine Blades, Cancel Game, Utica Daily Press February 24, 1959, p 6
New York (AP) Tom Lockhart, president of the Eastern Hockey League said yesterday the New Haven club has been fined $1000 and its Feb.19th victory over Johnstown has been cancelled. Lockhart said the penalties meted out because New Haven ineligible player in Doug McMurdy. In addition, Lockhart said Clinton has protested its 4-1 defeat by New Haven Saturday for the same reason. Lockhart said the Johnstown-New Haven game either must be replayed or that their Wednesday night contest in New Haven be counted as double. In case of a double, the winner would get four points instead of two. He said McMurdy's status was in the process of being straightened out now. After McMurdy had started the season with New Haven it was discovered that he had not been waived out of the American Hockey League, a pro circuit, and had not been reinstated as an amateur. McMurdy played for Springfield last season. Lockhart. said rules provide for a fine of $1000 if a team uses an ineligible player.

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