Executive Vice President and General Manager
Anaheim Ducks Hockey Club, LLC
Bob Murray is in his 44th consecutive year in the
National Hockey League, his 11th as Executive Vice
President and General Manager of the Anaheim Ducks.
He won the NHL General Manager of the Year award in
2013-14 and has been a finalist for the honor three times.
He also served as an Assistant General Manager for Team Canada during the 2016 World
Cup of Hockey. Murray played in 1,008 NHL games and has been a General Manager for
an additional 957 games (188 with Chicago, 769 with Anaheim).
Under Murray’s guidance, the Ducks are the only NHL team with five consecutive
seasons with 100+ standings points, including Pacific Division titles in five of the last six
years. The Ducks have also qualified for the playoffs six consecutive years, second only to
Pittsburgh (12). Anaheim has been in the Conference Finals twice in the last four seasons.
Anaheim went 44-25-13 for 101 points last season, tied for fourth in the West and
tied for eighth in the NHL, despite having 318 man games lost due to injury. The 2016-17
Ducks were the seventh different team in NHL history to win five consecutive division
titles and the only team to win the Pacific Division five consecutive years since its
creation in 1993-94. Anaheim defeated Calgary and Edmonton in the first two rounds
of the Stanley Cup Playoffs before falling to Nashville in the Conference Final. It was
Anaheim’s fourth trip to the Conference Final since Murray joined the team in 2006 (only
Chicago, 5, and Pittsburgh, 4, have made as many appearances).
In 2014-15, Anaheim finished with the best record in the Western Conference (51-24-
7, 109 points), becoming the first team since 2011-12 (Vancouver) to post consecutive
50+ win seasons. Anaheim defeated Winnipeg and Calgary in the first two rounds of the
postseason before falling in the Conference Final to Chicago (seven games). The 2013-
14 team finished with a record of 54-20-8, the best mark in franchise history. Anaheim
posted the top record in the Western Conference for the first time in club history that
season, setting season records for standings points (116), wins (54) and win/points
percentage (.707), while also leading the league in goals (263). The 2012-13 club finished
the regular season with the third-best record in the NHL (30-12-6, second in the West).
Murray was named to his current position on Nov. 12, 2008 after spending the
previous three-plus seasons as the club’s Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations.
An original member of the Ducks, David McNab is now
in his 41st consecutive year in the NHL and 26th with
Anaheim. McNab served as Anaheim’s Assistant
General Manager for 14 seasons before being promoted to
his current position in 2008. His duties include overseeing
all aspects of player development, having an expertise on the new Collective Bargaining
Agreement and its relationship to the salary cap in the NHL, contract and arbitration
negotiation, player evaluation and scouting.
McNab’s impact on the Ducks is significant. He has been part of Anaheim’s run to two
Stanley Cup Finals (2003 & 2007), including a championship in 2007. The club advanced
to the Conference Final in 2006, 2015 and 2017, and the Conference Semifinals in 2009.
During his tenure, McNab has scouted and signed numerous collegiate free agents who
have made major contributions to the success of the club.
Prior to being named as the Ducks’ Assistant General Manager in December of 1995,
the 62-year-old McNab was the club’s first Director of Player Personnel and was largely
responsible for the team’s selections in the 1994-96 NHL Entry and Supplemental Drafts.
McNab has also held the position as General Manager of the Ducks’ top farm team in
the American Hockey League for six seasons (the Baltimore Bandits during the 1996-97
season and the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks from 1997-2002) while also working on the
AHL’s competition committee for many of those years.
Considered to be one of the hardest working and knowledgeable scouts in the
National Hockey League, McNab began his professional scouting career in 1978 with the
Washington Capitals, where he spent four seasons. In 1982, McNab was signed by the
Hartford Whalers, where he spent seven seasons as a scout, the last two as the Director
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In that role, much of Murray’s work behind the scenes led directly to many successful
trades and other player transactions by Anaheim. During that three-year period, the Ducks
won a Stanley Cup (2007), a Pacific Division title (2007), and qualified for the playoffs
each season. Murray was the General Manager of the Portland Pirates (Anaheim’s AHL
affiliate) from 2005-06 through 2007-08. The Pirates went to the Conference Finals twice
(2006 & 2008), appearing in six playoff rounds. Between 2005 and 2008 (three seasons),
Anaheim and Portland combined to win 10 and appear in 14 playoff rounds, both the most
of any organization in hockey.
Prior to joining the Ducks in July 2005, Murray worked as a Professional Scout with
the Vancouver Canucks from 1999-05. Murray’s scouting expertise helped to build
teams that recorded 100+ point seasons two years in a row (2002-03 and 2003-04) and
advanced to the Stanley Cup Playoffs four seasons in a row (2001-04). Before his stint in
Vancouver, he served as a Scouting Consultant for Anaheim during the 1998-99 season.
Murray was a member of the Chicago Blackhawks organization for 25 years, serving
as General Manager from 1997-99. He was named the sixth General Manager in team
history on July 3, 1997. He was promoted to the post after serving as Assistant General
Manager under Bob Pulford for two seasons. Before joining upper-management, Murray
was named the Director of Player Personnel in 1991 and was largely responsible for the
club’s NHL Entry Draft selections over eight seasons.
Drafted by the Blackhawks in 1974, Murray spent his entire 1,008-game, 15-year
career in a Chicago uniform. He became just the fourth player in Blackhawks history to
reach the 1,000-game plateau in 1989-90. In addition, he became the first defenseman
in club history to appear in 100 postseason contests, reaching the mark during the 1990
Stanley Cup Playoffs. In all, Murray scored 132-382=514 points and currently ranks third
in all-time points among Blackhawks defensemen (17th overall in club history). He was
named to both the 1981 and 1983 NHL All-Star Games. Murray retired at the conclusion
of the 1989-90 season. Known for his work ethic, intelligence and determination as a
player, Murray remained with the organization as a Professional Scout following his
retirement in 1990.
Bob and his wife, Betsy, have four children: Kevin, Amanda, Andrew and Katie; and
four grandchildren: Mikayla, Aisley, Lily and Kaden.
of Player Recruitment. He then joined the New York Rangers in 1989, where he worked
for four seasons before leaving to join the Disney-owned Ducks in 1993. His work with
the Rangers helped the club to the 1994 Stanley Cup championship.
A graduate of the University of Wisconsin in 1978 with a degree in Communication
Arts, McNab was also a goaltender on one of the greatest college hockey teams of
all-time, the 1977 University of Wisconsin Badgers’ NCAA championship team. He was
drafted by the St. Louis Blues in the ninth round of the 1975 NHL Entry Draft (151st
overall). McNab has worked on numerous occasions for USA Hockey, both as an Assistant
General Manager for the United States in the World Championships on three different
occasions, as well as serving as a consultant for the 1984, 1988 and 1992 United States
Olympic Teams. He has also been a three-time member of the selection committee that
votes for the Hobey Baker Award, college hockey’s version of the Heisman Trophy.
A member of one of the most respected families in the NHL, McNab is the son of
the late Max McNab and brother of Peter McNab. Max played on the 1950 Stanley Cup
champion Detroit Red Wings and was a former general manager with the Washington
Capitals and New Jersey Devils. He was also a recipient of the 1998 Lester Patrick Award
given annually for “outstanding service to hockey in the United States.” Peter played in
954 NHL games, scoring 363 goals and 813 points in a 14-year career. Peter is currently
a broadcaster with the Colorado Avalanche.
McNab was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, but grew up in San Diego, California
and graduated from Point Loma High School in San Diego in 1973. He became a U.S.
citizen in 1983. He and his wife, Kari, were married in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1989
and have two daughters, Ali (27) and Erica (26). The McNab family resides in Yorba
Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations
Anaheim Ducks Hockey Club, LLC