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Blackhawks Radio Analyst Troy Murray Diagnosed with Cancer

The 59-year-old said he will continue to call Chicago Blackhawks games while receiving treatments for the disease.
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Former Chicago Blackhawks center Troy Murray has been diagnosed with cancer, the team's current radio color analyst announced through the team Monday.

Murray, 59, said he plans to continue calling Blackhawks games this upcoming season as he receives treatment.

"I want to let everyone know of the challenge that I'm currently facing," Murray said in a statement. "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."

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Blackhawks CEO Danny Wirtz also released a statement, pledging the franchise's support for Murray.

"Troy Murray has the full support of the Chicago Blackhawks organization as he begins his treatments," Wirtz said. "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."

Selected in the third round (No. 57 overall) in the 1980 NHL Draft by Chicago, Murray scored 584 points (230 goals, 354 assists) in 915 games in 15 seasons and won Stanley Cup in 1996 with the Colorado Avalanche. Murray had 488 points (197 goals, 291 assists) in 688 games and won the Selke Trophy in 1986 with the Blackhawks. He then played in the NHL for the Winnipeg Jets, Ottawa Senators, Pittsburgh Penguins, and Avalanche.

Murray joined the Blackhawks television crew as a studio analyst from 1998-2003 then was color commentator for two seasons. In 2006, Murray joined the radio broadcast with John Wiedeman.