Johnny Murray

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameJohn Cyril Mole "Johnny"•Murray
Used nameJohnny•Murray
Born21 January 1924 in Camden, England (GBR)
Died18 November 2017 in Miami, Florida (USA)
AffiliationsWembley Lions, Wembley (GBR)
NOC Great Britain


Johnny Murray attended the Harrow Technical College and took up hockey at the age of 11, when he played at the Empire Pool (now Wembley Arena) for the Cubs and then the Wembley Colts. He then played a handful of games for the Lions at the start of the 1939-40 season, at the age of 15. The War interrupted his career, however, as Murray joined the RAF at the age of 17, before transferring to the Royal Engineers, where he attained the rank of captain.

After the War, Murray returned to ice hockey and played regularly for the Lions and then the Wembley Terriers, and topped the Southern Intermediate League scoring list in 1950-51 with 13 goals and 24 assists. He made his England début in 1947, and the following year played in the very last Great Britain team to play in the Olympic Ice Hockey tournament (as at 2018). He played for England/Great Britain in six World and European Championships, and was also the team captain, player/manager and coach. He bowed out of International hockey at the age of 38 in 1962.

Following the end of ice hockey at the Empire Pool in 1960, Murray moved to Southampton Vikings. He later served the British Ice Hockey Association, and was a vice-president 1982-98. He was also a member of the International Olympic Committee for a while. Prior to his retirement from the rink in 1965, Murray spent two more seasons as a player/coach of the Lions. He was elected into the British Hockey Hall of Fame in 1996.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1948 Winter Olympics Ice Hockey (Ice Hockey) GBR Johnny Murray
Ice Hockey, Men (Olympic) Great Britain 5

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