Gordon J. Murphy (born February 23, 1967) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey defenceman who played 14 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Philadelphia Flyers, Boston Bruins, Florida Panthers and Atlanta Thrashers.

Gord Murphy
Born (1967-02-23) February 23, 1967 (age 52)
Willowdale, Ontario, Canada
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Right
Played for Philadelphia Flyers
Boston Bruins
Florida Panthers
Atlanta Thrashers
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 189th overall, 1985
Philadelphia Flyers
Playing career 1987–2002

Playing careerEdit

He was drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in the ninth round, 189th overall, of the 1985 NHL Entry Draft. After playing three seasons in the Ontario Hockey League with the Oshawa Generals, Murphy made his professional debut with the Flyers' AHL affiliate, the Hershey Bears, in the 1987–88 season.[1] In 1988–89, he joined the Flyers. After three-plus seasons in Philadelphia Murphy was traded, along with Brian Dobbin and a 1992 third-round draft choice, to the Boston Bruins for Garry Galley and Wes Walz in January of 1992.[2]

Murphy was selected by the Florida Panthers in the 1993 NHL Expansion Draft,[3] and he played there for six seasons. The Panthers traded him to another expansion team, the Atlanta Thrashers, as part of a deal made in the 1999 NHL Expansion Draft in which the Panthers acquired goaltender Trevor Kidd.[4] Murphy spent two seasons in Atlanta before joining the Bruins once again for the 2001–02 season. After one season in the Bruins organization, he officially retired on March 19, 2002.[1]

In his NHL career, Murphy played in 863 games. He scored 85 goals and added 238 assists. He also played in 53 Stanley Cup playoff games, scoring three goals and recording 16 assists. He was a member of the 1996 Florida Panthers, who won the Eastern Conference before losing in the Stanley Cup Finals.

Coaching careerEdit

He worked as an assistant coach with the Columbus Blue Jackets from the 2002–03 NHL season[5] until he was fired as a part of an overall coaching change on June 16, 2010.[6] After working for Florida Panthers as an assistant coach, Murphy was fired on November 8, 2013 along with head coach Kevin Dineen and assistant coach Craig Ramsay. He was hired as an assistant coach by the Flyers on June 18, 2014.[7] He was fired on November 28, 2018.[8] On August 2, 2019, the New York Rangers announced the hiring of Murphy as an associate head coach with the Hartford WolfPack, the Rangers AHL affiliate.[9]

Personal lifeEdit

Murphy has a wife, two sons, and a daughter.[10] His son, Connor Murphy, was drafted 20th overall in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft by the Phoenix Coyotes and is a player for the Chicago Blackhawks.[11]

AwardsEdit

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1983–84 Don Mills Flyers MTHL 65 24 42 66 130
1984–85 Oshawa Generals OHL 59 3 12 15 25
1985–86 Oshawa Generals OHL 64 7 15 22 56 6 1 1 2 6
1986–87 Oshawa Generals OHL 56 7 30 37 95 24 6 16 22 22
1986–87 Oshawa Generals MC 3 0 3 3 9
1987–88 Hershey Bears AHL 62 8 20 28 44 12 0 8 8 12
1988–89 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 75 4 31 35 68 19 2 7 9 13
1989–90 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 75 14 27 41 95
1990–91 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 80 11 31 42 58
1991–92 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 31 2 8 10 33
1991–92 Boston Bruins NHL 42 3 6 9 51 15 1 0 1 12
1992–93 Boston Bruins NHL 49 5 12 17 62
1992–93 Providence Bruins AHL 2 1 3 4 2
1993–94 Florida Panthers NHL 84 14 29 43 71
1994–95 Florida Panthers NHL 46 6 16 22 24
1995–96 Florida Panthers NHL 70 8 22 30 30 14 0 4 4 6
1996–97 Florida Panthers NHL 80 8 15 23 51 5 0 5 5 4
1997–98 Florida Panthers NHL 79 6 11 17 46
1998–99 Florida Panthers NHL 51 0 7 7 16
1999–2000 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 58 1 10 11 38
2000–01 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 27 3 11 14 12
2001–02 Boston Bruins NHL 15 0 2 2 13
2001–02 Providence Bruins AHL 8 0 3 3 6
NHL totals 862 85 238 323 668 53 3 16 19 35

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
1998 Canada WC 6th 6 1 0 1 2
Senior totals 6 1 0 1 2

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "NHL Player Search Gord J. Murphy". Legends of Hockey.net. Retrieved 2010-04-17.
  2. ^ Jim Greenidge and Nancy L. Marrapese (1992-01-03). "Galley, Walz dealt; Murphy arrives Veteran defenseman, disgruntled center sent to Flyers for two players, pick". Boston Globe. Retrieved 2010-04-17.
  3. ^ "1993 NHL Expansion Draft". Hockey DB.com. Retrieved 2010-04-17.
  4. ^ "1999 NHL Draft Stocking the roster Thrashers draft defense, then execute eight trades". CNN/SI.com. 1999-06-25. Retrieved 2010-04-17.
  5. ^ "Gord Murphy Columbus Blue Jackets - Assistant Coach". NHL.com. Retrieved 2010-04-17.
  6. ^ "Blue Jackets let go of Noel, assistant coaches". TSN.ca. Archived from the original on June 16, 2010. Retrieved 2010-06-16.
  7. ^ "Flyers name Gord Murphy to coaching staff". Philadelphia Flyers. June 18, 2014. Retrieved June 18, 2014.
  8. ^ "Flyers fire AGM Pryor, assistant coach Murphy". TSN.ca. November 28, 2018. Retrieved November 28, 2018.
  9. ^ http://www.hartfordwolfpack.com/news/detail/gord-murphy-named-wolf-pack-associate-head-coach
  10. ^ "Gord Murphy - Assistant Coach - Florida Panthers". www.nhl.com. Retrieved March 2, 2018.
  11. ^ "Blackhawks acquire Murphy and Dauphin from Arizona for Hjalmarsson". NHL.com. June 23, 2017. Retrieved March 2, 2018.

External linksEdit

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Kjell Samuelsson
Barry Ashbee Trophy winner
1989–90
Succeeded by
Kjell Samuelsson