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Gord Murphy
Born March 23, 1967 (1967-03-23) (age 43),

Willowdale, ON, CAN

Height

Weight

6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)

195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)

Position Defence
Shot Right

Gordon J. Murphy (born March 23, 1967, in Willowdale, Ontario) is a retired professional ice hockey defenceman. He worked as an assistant coach with the Columbus Blue Jackets from the 2002–03 NHL season[1] until he was fired as a part of an overall coaching change on Wednesday June 16, 2010.[2] He has since been hired by the Florida Panthers to be an assistant coach.


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.[3] 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.[4]

Murphy was selected by the Florida Panthers in the 1993 NHL Expansion Draft[5], 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.[6] 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.[3]

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.

AwardsEdit

  • Barry Ashbee Trophy (Philadelphia Flyers top defenceman): 1989–90 season

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