Balfour. Born: 24 August 1936, Died: 30 May
1965. A Professional Hockey Player. A native of Regina,
Saskatchewan. He played on the outdoor rinks and in the Local
League program. Murray then played
Junior Hockey for the Regina Pats in 1952-53 to 1955-56
as a Defenceman in the old Western Junior Hockey League (WJHL).
In his last year with the Pats in the Western
Semi-Final play-offs in Flin Flon, in the last game of the
series, (Thursday, March 29, at Flin Flon) Coach Murray Armstrong,
had Murray become a forward and that is how he became a Right
Winger. Regina was trailing 4-1 in the second period and Regina
roared back to pump home 8 goals, starting with Murray's goals at
13:50. Photo to the right: HHOF # 000095930 (Registered)
taken from Ron C. Johnston's – Regina Pats Alumni Web Site.
played for teams in the Quebec hockey League (QHL), National
hockey League (NHL), Eastern Ontario Hockey League (EOHL), and the
American Hockey League (AHL). At 5'9”, 178 pounds, Murray
played for the Ottawa Junior Canadiens from 1956 to 1957, Montreal
Canadiens from 1956 to 1958, Ottawa-Hull Canadiens from 1956 to
1957, Montreal Royals from 1957 to 1958, Rochester Americans from
1958 to 1959, Chicago Blackhawks from 1959 to 1964 (playing on the
famous “Million Dollar Line” with Bobby Hull and
ex-Regina Pats Red Hay), Hershey Bears from 1964 to 1965, and the
Boston Bruins from 1964 to 1965.
Murray Balfour died from an inoperable tumour that was found on
this lung on May 30, 1965, at the age of 28. A few days later over
900 people including Bobby Hull attended his funeral at Regina's
Riverside Memorial Park Cemetery.
became the 11th Regina Pat to be inducted into the Saskatchewan
Sports Hall of Fame on June 12, 2004. In 1975 the City of Regina
honoured him by naming a rink on Massey Road in the
Hillsdale/Whitmore Park after him.