Western Michigan hires Andy Murray

Updated: July 26, 2011, 5:27 PM ET
Associated Press

KALAMAZOO, Mich. -- Former NHL coach Andy Murray has been hired by Western Michigan.

The school says Murray signed a five-year contract to coach the Broncos. He won 333 games in 10 seasons in the NHL -- six with the Los Angeles Kings and four with the St. Louis Blues.

Murray is the Kings' career leader in wins with 215. The Blues fired Murray in January 2010.

Murray's best playoff run came in 2001, when the Kings beat Detroit in the first round before losing to Colorado in seven games.

Western Michigan reached the NCAA tournament last season for the first time since 1996. Coach Jeff Blashill was then hired to be an assistant for the Detroit Red Wings.


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