The Life & times of Bill Murray
Scott Murray is tyhe player-coach-GM of Thailand's fabled expat hockey squad, the Flying Farangs. He is also the Vice President of the Siam Hockey League and a lifelong hockey fan and aficionado, remembering attending original six games at Maple Leaf Gardens.
Bolt Sports Co is delighted to have Bill Murray on board as an advisor. We will share his wealth of experience, knowledge and training procedures with our readers. Bill has honed his craft at the highest levels of professional sport. Below is a quick synopsis of his brilliant career and some of the amazing teams he’s worked with over the years.
Bill is a native of Chicago, Illinois where he spent seven seasons as ball boy for the NBA’s Chicago Bulls.
He is best known for his time as head trainer of the NHL’s New Jersey Devils, as he was the longest-serving trainer in franchise history (1996-2006). During his tenure, the Devils were consistently among the NHL leaders in fewest man-games lost to injury while collecting more regular and post season victories and making more play-off appearances than any other NHL club, including their 2000 and 2003 Stanley Cup championship seasons.
Bill was an integral part of six Atlantic Division Championships, three Eastern Conference Championships, and two Stanley Cup Championships and he was selected by his peers to represent the Eastern Conference in the 2002 NHL All Star Game. He has also worked 120 NHL playoff games including 20 games in The Stanley Cup Finals.
He was honored in pre-game ceremonies on 11 February 2006 vs. the New York Islanders for working his 1000th professional game. He went on to work his 2000th professional game as a head trainer on 8 January 2014 in Kansas City. He later worked his 2,500 game in South Korea in 2018.
Bill served as the head athletic trainer for the Missouri Mavericks, the ECHL affiliate of the New York Islanders, from 2013-2015. He also assisted the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs on the sidelines from 2013-2015.
His professional hockey experience includes stints in the East Coast Hockey League (Raleigh, 91-92), the Colonial Hockey League (Muskegon, 92-93), the International Hockey League (Detroit, 94-96), and the Southern Professional Hockey League (Knoxville, 07-10) where he collected two SPHL President Trophies and two championships. He also worked in the KHL (Moscow 2011-13) CHL (Kansas City 2013-14) ECHL (Kansas City 2014-15) & the Asia League (Seoul 2016-21).
Bill has 33 seasons of professional sports experience, including six seasons in professional baseball with the Major League Baseball’s Baltimore Orioles (1989-1991) and San Diego Padres (1991-1993).
He also has extensive athletic training experience in football, basketball, and track and field, on both the collegiate and professional levels and at various camps since 1985. He was head trainer for the Pittsburgh Gladiators in the first-ever Arena Football League (1987) and Arena Bowl I. He has worked various camps as a seasonal intern with the National Football League’s Miami Dolphins (1990-1991).
Bill has served with Hall of Fame coaches and managers in every major sport including legendary basketball coach Don Haskins while studying sports medicine and biology at the University of Texas at El Paso. He worked four seasons of football at UTEP and served in numerous NCAA football bowl games and NCAA basketball tournaments.
He began studying sports medicine while at Notre Dame College Prep graduating in 1984. He also has B.Sc. in Biology from UTEP. And he has additional training and specialized courses in sports medicine at various colleges and universities and is a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association, The American College of Sports Medicine, the National Strength and Conditioning Association, and the Professional Hockey Athletic Trainers Society.
On 10 May 2010, he joined the Kontinental Hockey League as Chief Specialist of the KHL Medical Center and was named a member of their Scientific & Methodological Board in 2011 serving until 2016.