Honorable Bruins Birthday Mention – Murray Henderson

( Above Photo Credit: Boston Bruins Legends – Blogger )

By: Mark Allred             Follow Me On Twitter @BlackAndGold277

Murray Henderson  9-5-21

The big defenseman joined the Boston Bruins organization at the tail end of the 1944-45 season as he was close to the Boston area playing for the Boston Olympics. The Olympics played in the Eastern Hockey League and was one of the Bruins minor-pro affiliates that played close to Boston for an immediate call up due to injury or other circumstances.

After only playing in five games to close the 1944-45 season, the 6′-0″ 180-pound Toronto, Ontario, Canada native spent the next seven seasons with the Bruins appearing in 405 career National Hockey League games posting 24-62-86 number in hiss time in Beantown.  He would end his career at the top level after the 1951-52 season but would remain on the ice playing professionally as a player/coach of the American Hockey Leagues Hershey Bears from the  1952-53 year to his final 1955-56 campaign. The Hershey Bears were also an AHL affiliate of the Bruins from the years of 1938-1942, 1946-57, 1957-58, 1964-71, 1983-85.

( Above Photo Credit:  Wikipedia )

Murray had the honor of playing alongside historic names in the hockey community such as goaltender Frank Brimsek, fellow blueliner Aubrey “Dit” Clapper, and the famous “Kraut Line” in front of them which consisted of talents such as Bobby Bauer, Woody Dumart, and the class act of a strong mind and a weak back Milt Schmidt. Murray, a nephew of the legendary Charlie Conacher was a member of the Canadian Royal Air Force during World War II and by the war stricken National Hockey League rosters, he quickly added value to the Bruins defense according to The Official Site Of The Hockey Hall Of Fame website.

Moe, as many called Henderson, refused a scouting position as mentioned in the link provided above, stating family issues hindered any work that would keep him away for family, later moving back to his hometown Toronto, Ontario. After returning to his roots he found work and would remain in the metro area until his death in January of 2013.

 

About Mark Allred Jr

Long-time Boston Bruins fan and former beer league goaltender for over 30-years on the ice, Inline, and Dek-Hockey throughout New England. Retired and needed a hobby so writing about the B's talent in the lower levels of developmental hockey is my favorite topic and main focus. It's important to know about tomorrow's stars today in my opinion.
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