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Monday, December 25, 2023

Bill Murray served as New Jersey Devils trainer for decade

Bill Murray 1990 Frederick Keys card

Knoxville Ice Bears coach Mike Craigen attempted to explain to The Knoxville News-Sentinel the experience the club's new trainer Bill Murray brought to the club in 2010.

"He's got two Stanley Cup wings, so to have a guy like that involved at this level, you can't put a price on it," Craigen told The News-Sentinel. "He's a professional in every sense of the word. We're so lucky."

Murray arrived at Knoxville having long been a trainer for the New Jersey Devils in the NHL and also spending time in minor league baseball. He ended his NHL time to return home to be with family.

Murray's long career as a trainer began out of the University of Texas at El Paso.

He served as a trainer in the Senior Professional Baseball Association, and with the Orioles at high-A Frederick and 1991 at independent Reno. In 1992, he was with minor league basketball's Raleigh team.

By 1998, though, he was a trainer with the Devils, working  to get center Doug Gilmour back from injury.

"I was thinking about Monday to skate and Bill Murray said, 'Don't even bother (until after the exam,)" Gilmour told The Asbury Park Press.

Murray spent 10 seasons with New Jersey, including their title seasons in 2000 and 2003.

He then decided to leave New Jersey and the NHL to move to the Knoxville area to be closer to his parents, The News-Sentinel wrote

"My parents have had some health issues beginning with my dad in 2003," Murray told The News-Sentinel in 2007. "My mom was his caregiver and she became sick shortly thereafter. Things changed."

Bill Murray 1990 Frederick Keys card

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:4,280
Made the Majors:1,390-32.5%
Never Made Majors:2,890-67.5%
5+ Seasons in the Majors:565
10+ Seasons in the Minors:347

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