Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Gord Murphy
Growing up in the Toronto area, Gord Murphy played his junior hockey with the Flyers with Don Mills. The Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League expressed interest in him and Murphy responded by playing on the "Gens" blue line for three seasons. During that time he caught the eye of Philadelphia Flyers General Manager Bobby Clarke, who drafted Murphy in the 1985 NHL Entry Draft.

Prior to joining the Flyers at the beginning of the 1988-89 season, Murphy helped lead the Generals to the Memorial Cup Finals, the following year Murphy was part of the American Hockey League's Calder Cup Champion Hershey Bears club.

Murphy joined the defence corps of the Philadelphia Flyers and made an immediate impact by gaining a point in his first NHL game and by leading all Flyers rookies in scoring with 35 points. Over the next four seasons, Murphy was one of the Flyers most consistent defenseman, winning the Barry Ashbee Trophy as Flyers defenseman of the year in his sophomore season.

After spending a brief time in Boston with the Bruins, newly named Florida Panther General Manager Bobby Clarke liked what he saw in Murphy as a Flyer and claimed him in the 1993 Expansion Draft.

Murphy spent the next six seasons on defense for the Florida Panthers, leading them to the Stanley Cup Finals in 1996. Constantly one of the workhorses of the Panther "D", Murphy was often in the top scoring on the team defense. Murphy also represented his country at the World Championships in the spring of 1998.

In the summer of 1999, Gord Murphy was traded again to an expansion team, this time to the Atlanta Thrashers. During the 2000-01 season, Murphy suffered a season ending injury that forced him to miss the majority of the season with the Thrashers.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP 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 M-Cup 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 -3 19 2 7 9 13
1989-90 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 75 14 27 41 95 -7
1990-91 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 80 11 31 42 58 -7
1991-92 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 31 2 8 10 33 -4
1991-92 Boston Bruins NHL 42 3 6 9 51 +2 15 1 0 1 12
1992-93 Boston Bruins NHL 49 5 12 17 62 -13
1992-93 Providence Bruins AHL 2 1 3 4 2
1993-94 Florida Panthers NHL 84 14 29 43 71 -11
1994-95 Florida Panthers NHL 46 6 16 22 24 -14
1995-96 Florida Panthers NHL 70 8 22 30 30 +5 14 0 4 4 6
1996-97 Florida Panthers NHL 80 8 15 23 51 +3 5 0 5 5 4
1997-98 Florida Panthers NHL 79 6 11 17 46 -3
1997-98 Canada WC-A 6 1 0 1 2
1998-99 Florida Panthers NHL 51 0 7 7 16 +4
1999-00 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 58 1 10 11 38 -26
2000-01 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 27 3 11 14 12 -11
2001-02 Boston Bruins NHL 15 0 2 2 13 +2
2001-02 Providence Bruins AHL 8 0 3 3 6 -1
NHL Totals 862 85 238 323 668 53 3 16 19 35


Memorial Cup All-Star Team (1987) Traded to Boston by Philadelphia with Brian Dobbin, Philadelphia's 3rd round pick (Sergei Zholtok) in 1992 NHL Draft and Philadelphia's 4th round pick (Charles Paquette) in 1993 NHL Draft, for Garry Galley, Wes Walz and Boston's 3rd round pick (Milos Holan) in 1993 NHL Draft, January 2, 1992. Traded to Dallas by Boston for future considerations (Jon Casey to Boston for Andy Moog, June 25, 1993), June 20, 1993. Claimed by Florida from Dallas in Expansion Draft, June 24, 1993. Traded to Atlanta by Florida with Herbert Vasiljevs, Daniel Tjarnqvist and Ottawa's 6th round pick (previously acquired, later traded to Dallas - Dallas selected Justin Cox) in 1999 NHL Draft for Trevor Kidd, June 25, 1999.
Missed majority of 2000-01 due to shoulder injury vs. NY Rangers, October 7, 2000. Signed as a free agent by Boston, January 29, 2002.
Officially announced his retirement, March 19, 2002.
Named Assistant Coach by Columbus, July 17, 2002.
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