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Kirk Christopher Muller (born February 8, 1966 in Kingstonmarker, ONmarker, Canadamarker) is a retired professional ice hockey centre who played in the National Hockey League for 19 seasons from 1984–85 until 2002–03. Muller is currently an assistant coach for the Montreal Canadiens.

Playing career

Muller started his junior career with the Kingston Canadians of the Ontario Hockey League, but his most successful junior seasons were with the Guelph Platers. There was a dispute in 1984 between the Platers and the Canadian Olympic Team, who wanted Muller to play with them at the 1984 Winter Olympics. The Platers owner was upset over losing Muller for so much time, but eventually they came to an agreement and Muller played in the Olympics. He was drafted second overall by the New Jersey Devils in the 1984 NHL Entry Draft behind Mario Lemieux. He became the heart and soul of the Devil's franchise, with his intensity and two-way play. However, New Jersey never became a strong Stanley Cup contender while Muller was with them, and he was traded to the Montreal Canadiens on September 20, 1991.

"Captain Kirk" quickly became a fan favourite in Montreal, and he helped them win the Stanley Cup in 1993. However his time with the Canadiens was shorter than he would have liked, as he was shocked when he was traded to the New York Islanders during the 1994–95 NHL season. Initially, he was reluctant to report to the Islanders, then played a handful of games in a disinterested manner before team management decided that his poor attitude outweighed his potential contributions on the ice and barred him from the team. Eventually, they recalled him, but Muller refused to report, freeing the Islanders from their contractual obligations to pay him. Ultimately, Muller was traded at a discount to the Toronto Maple Leafs. Muller had his last 20 goal season with the Leafs the next season, but was traded to the Florida Panthers as the Leafs fell out of the playoff picture.

Muller struggled in Florida, scoring just four goals in the whole 1998–99 NHL season. His last break came when he signed with the Dallas Stars in the middle of the 1999–2000 season. Even though his scoring touch of old almost completely evaporated, he still managed to be a strong role player with the Stars for four seasons and was part of the "grumpy old men" line that included Mike Keane and John MacLean. He retired at the end of the 2002–03 season.

Coaching career

Kirk Muller began his coaching career with the Queen's Universitymarker Golden Gaels of the OUA in their 2005/06 season. On June 20, 2006, after one season as the head coach of the Gaels, Muller resigned to become the new assistant coach for the Montreal Canadiens under newly appointed head coach Guy Carbonneau. He is currently serving in this capacity.

Records

  • New Jersey Devils franchise record for points in a single game (6 on Oct. 29, 1986)
  • New Jersey Devils franchise record for assists in a single game (5 on Mar. 25, 1987)
  • New Jersey Devils franchise record for points by a centre in a single season (94, 1987–88)


Career statistics

Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1980–81 Kingston Canadians OHL 2 0 0 0 0
1981–82 Kingston Canadians OHL 67 12 39 51 27 4 5 1 6 4
1982–83 Guelph Platers OHL 66 52 60 112 41
1983–84 Guelph Platers OHL 49 31 63 94 27
1984–85 New Jersey Devils NHL 80 17 37 54 69
1985–86 New Jersey Devils NHL 77 25 41 66 45
1986–87 New Jersey Devils NHL 79 26 50 76 75
1987–88 New Jersey Devils NHL 80 37 57 94 114 20 4 8 12 37
1988–89 New Jersey Devils NHL 80 31 43 74 119
1989–90 New Jersey Devils NHL 80 30 56 86 74 6 1 3 4 11
1990–91 New Jersey Devils NHL 80 19 51 70 76 7 0 2 2 10
1991–92 Montreal Canadiens NHL 78 36 41 77 86 11 4 3 7 31
1992–93 Montreal Canadiens NHL 80 37 57 94 77 20 10 7 17 18
1993–94 Montreal Canadiens NHL 76 23 34 57 96 7 6 2 8 4
1994–95 Montreal Canadiens NHL 33 8 11 19 33
1994–95 New York Islanders NHL 12 3 5 8 14
1995–96 New York Islanders NHL 15 4 3 7 15
1995–96 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 36 9 16 25 42 6 3 2 5 0
1996–97 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 66 20 17 37 85
1996–97 Florida Panthers NHL 10 1 2 3 4 5 1 2 3 4
1997–98 Florida Panthers NHL 70 8 21 29 54
1998–99 Florida Panthers NHL 82 4 11 15 49
1999–00 Dallas Stars NHL 47 7 15 22 24 23 2 3 5 18
2000–01 Dallas Stars NHL 55 1 9 10 26 10 1 3 4 12
2001–02 Dallas Stars NHL 78 10 20 30 28
2002–03 Dallas Stars NHL 55 1 5 6 18 12 1 1 2 8
19 seasons NHL totals 1349 357 602 959 1223 110 23 43 66 77


International play

  • Played for Canada in the 1984 World Junior Championships.
  • Played for Canada in the 1984 Olympics
  • Played for Canada in the World Championships (1985, 1986, 1987, 1989)
  • Played for the NHL All-Stars in Rendez-Vous '87


International statistics
Year Team Event GP G A Pts PIM
1984 Canada WJC 7 2 1 3 16
1984 Canada Oly 6 2 1 3 0
1985 Canada WC 10 2 2 4 12
1986 Canada WC 9 4 3 7 12
1987 NHL All-Stars RV 2 0 0 0 0
1987 Canada WC 10 2 0 2 8
1989 Canada WC 9 6 4 10 6


See also



References

  1. Welcome to Queen's Athletics - Interuniversity - Men's Ice Hockey
  2. Montréal Canadiens - Team - Montreal Canadiens Team


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