CHICAGO, July 3 -- Chicago Blackhawks senior vice president Bob Pulford has decided to step down as general manager and hand the reigns to assistant general manager and director of player personnel Bob Murray. Pulford joined the Blackhawks in 1977 as head coach and general manager and compiled a 157-156-62 record until stepping down as coach in 1985 with the third-most wins in team history.
He was appointed senior vice president in 1990. 'When Bob Pulford came to me and told me that he wanted to spend more time with his family, I respected his decision,' said Chicago president William Wirtz. 'Bob Pulford has served the Blackhawk organization faithfully for 20-plus years and I thank him for his efforts. We look forward to having Bob continue as our senior vice president as we continue to call on him for hockey advice.' Murray played 15 seasons and over 1,000 games as a defenseman for Chicago from 1975-90 before becoming a pro scout for the club. Within a year, he was promoted to director of player personnel.