Last time, we took a look at current Washington Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner. Today, let’s take a look at a defenseman who was on the 1974-1975 Washington Capitals (arguably the worst NHL team of all-time), Murray Anderson. Anderson was born on August 28th, 1949 in Manitoba. Here’s a picture of his hockey card and autograph.
Murray Anderson’s Washington Capitals Career
Murray Anderson started his career in the Montreal Canadiens franchise as a fourth round draft pick in the 1969 NHL draft. He was traded to the Minnesota North Stars in 1973 with Tony Featherstone for cash. The Capitals claimed him in the 1974 Expansion Draft with the 44th overall pick.
Murray Anderson had a very short tenure with the Capitals. He only played 40 games with them. In 40 games with the Capitals, Anderson had one assist, a -40 +/- rating, 24 shots on goal, and 68 penalty minutes. The 1974-1975 season would be the last season that he spent in the NHL. He wore number eight with the Capitals.
Murray Anderson’s Post-Capitals Career
Murray Anderson would play just two years of professional hockey after the 1974-1975 season. He spent a year with the Springfield Chickens of the AHL. In 75 games with them, he had 24 points (three goals, 21 assists) with 62 penalty minutes. In 1976, he played three games with the Tulsa Oilers of the CHL. He had four penalty minutes in those three games. He never played another game of professional hockey after those three games with the Oilers.
While Murray Anderson was a part of arguably the worst NHL team ever and certainly the worst Capitals team ever, he still got to play in the NHL and was still a Washington Capital! For that, we salute you, Murray “The Not So Great Eight” Anderson. Thanks for your 40 games of service and for making us appreciate last season’s defense a little bit more!
NEXT: Ron Anderson.