Goaltender Hal Murphy came up through the ranks of Montreal's minor-hockey system in the 1930s and 1940s and joined the Chicoutimi Sagueneens of the QSHL in 1950. He was moved to the Montreal Royals in 1952-53. It was during that season the NHL's Montreal Canadiens came calling. They needed a one-game fill-in replacement for Gerry McNeil.
Murphy got his big chance to shine on November 8, 1952. He was between the pipes for the Canadiens who went on to beat the Boston Bruins 6-4 that evening. It was a short one-game career for the diminutive goalie, but he always cherished that one opportunity and often joked that he left the league undefeated.
He played three games with the OHL's Ottawa Senators in 1953-54 before leaving the game as a player at the age of 26.