Former Blackhawks center Troy Murray has been diagnosed with cancer, the longtime radio color analyst announced through the team on Monday.
Murray, 59, said he plans to continue calling games for the Blackhawks this season as he fights through the battle. Here's his full statement:
"I want to let everyone know of the challenge that I'm currently facing. I have been diagnosed with cancer. With the love and support of my family, friends, the Wirtz family, the Chicago Blackhawks organization and WGN radio I'm confident that together, we will beat this. I look forward to being in the booth calling Blackhawk games in front of the most passionate and energetic fans in all of hockey. My family and I appreciate privacy during this time as we fight this challenge."
Blackhawks CEO Danny Wirtz also released a statement:
"Troy Murray has the full support of the Chicago Blackhawks organization as he begins his treatments. He was a tough player on the ice and is as passionate as they come in the broadcast booth. We know he will fight cancer with the same vigor that has endeared himself to so many. The entire Blackhawks family will be right beside Troy, offering whatever support and care that he, his wife, Konnie, and his children, Blake, Julia and Phoebe need, every step of the way. At this time, we ask to respect the privacy of Troy and his family and to keep them all in our thoughts."
Murray compiled 584 points (230 goals, 354 assists) in 915 games across 15 NHL seasons with five different teams. He spent 12 of those seasons with the Blackhawks, where he amassed 488 points (197 goals, 291 assists) in 688 games and won the Selke Trophy as the league's top defensive forward in 1985-86.
Murray was selected by the Blackhawks in the third round (No. 57 overall) of the 1980 NHL Draft.
The city of Chicago is and always has been behind you, Troy.