Larry Murphy (ice hockey)

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Larry Murphy
Hockey Hall of Fame, 2004
Larry Murphy Mellon Arena Final Game 2010-04-08.JPG
Murphy (left) with Paul Coffey at a pregame ceremony in Pittsburgh, April 2010
Born(1961-03-08) March 8, 1961 (age 53)
Scarborough, ON, CAN
Height6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight210 lb (95 kg; 15 st 0 lb)
PositionDefence
ShotRight
Played forLos Angeles Kings
Washington Capitals
Minnesota North Stars
Pittsburgh Penguins
Toronto Maple Leafs
Detroit Red Wings
National team Canada
NHL Draft4th overall, 1980
Los Angeles Kings
Playing career1980–2001
 
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Larry Murphy
Hockey Hall of Fame, 2004
Larry Murphy Mellon Arena Final Game 2010-04-08.JPG
Murphy (left) with Paul Coffey at a pregame ceremony in Pittsburgh, April 2010
Born(1961-03-08) March 8, 1961 (age 53)
Scarborough, ON, CAN
Height6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight210 lb (95 kg; 15 st 0 lb)
PositionDefence
ShotRight
Played forLos Angeles Kings
Washington Capitals
Minnesota North Stars
Pittsburgh Penguins
Toronto Maple Leafs
Detroit Red Wings
National team Canada
NHL Draft4th overall, 1980
Los Angeles Kings
Playing career1980–2001

Lawrence Thomas Murphy (born March 8, 1961) is a former Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman. He currently serves as a studio analyst on NHL Network.

Playing career[edit]

After a stellar junior career with the Peterborough Petes and representing Canada at the 1980 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, Murphy was drafted 4th overall in the 1980 NHL Entry Draft by the Los Angeles Kings. In the 1980–81 NHL season, he set National Hockey League records for most assists and points by a rookie defenceman, with 60 and 76 respectively. He was eventually traded to the Washington Capitals for defencemen Brian Engblom and Ken Houston early in the 1983-84 season, which did not work out in the Kings favor long-term because of Murphy's prolonged success in the league.

In his 21-season career (1980–2001), Murphy would eventually play for six different NHL teams. In addition to the Kings and Capitals, he also suited up for the Minnesota North Stars, Pittsburgh Penguins, Toronto Maple Leafs, and Detroit Red Wings.

In 1995 after being named to the second-team All-Stars Murphy was traded to his hometown Leafs from the Penguins for Dmitri Mironov and a second round pick. Leafs fans booed Murphy, the highest paid player on the Leafs, mercilessly as a scapegoat for the lack of success the team was having. He was traded to Detroit for future considerations, and was an integral part of their two consecutive Stanley Cups in 1997 and 1998. In the 1997–98 NHL Playoffs, he tied Paul Coffey's record for most shorthanded goals scored by a defenceman in the playoffs with 2.

When Murphy retired after the 2000–01 NHL season, his 1615 regular season games played stood as a record for the most career games by a defenceman; a mark previously held by Tim Horton. In 2003–04, Scott Stevens of the New Jersey Devils surpassed this mark, finishing the season with 1635 games played.

He was on four Stanley Cup winning teams during the decade of the 1990s, the only NHL player to accomplish this feat. He was a part of the only 2 NHL teams to win back-to-back titles during the decade, the Penguins in 1991 and 1992 and the Red Wings in 1997 and 1998.

In addition to his NHL championships, Murphy also won a Memorial Cup with the Peterborough Petes in 1979. The Petes also reached the championship game the following year, but lost in overtime.

In 1987, Murphy was a key member of Canada's championship team in the Canada Cup. His six assists tied teammate Ray Bourque for tops in the tournament among defencemen, which included Mario Lemieux's overtime goal in game 2 of the Final against the Soviet Union. He then scored a goal and two assists in the decisive third game, and was also used as a decoy by Wayne Gretzky on Lemieux's tournament winner.

He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2004. Finishing his career with 1216 points, Murphy is currently the fifth highest scoring defenceman in NHL history, behind Ray Bourque, Paul Coffey, Al MacInnis and Phil Housley.[1]

One of Murphy's most notable successes was the "Murphy Dump". During his stint with the Pittsburgh Penguins Murphy would often dump the puck down the ice by lifting it high over the opposing team so that it eventually stops before the opposing goal line. This would not only clear the zone safely, but would not result in an icing call. The "Murphy Dump" was officially coined by Penguins broadcaster Mike Lange.

Broadcasting[edit]

Murphy was an alternate color analyst for the Detroit Red Wings on Fox Sports Detroit. He only did color commentator duties for Red Wings west coast road trips in place of Mickey Redmond, from 2003-2006 Murphy shared this duty with former teammate Pat Verbeek where they would alternate road trips. However following the 2005–06 NHL season, Verbeek left the job as broadcaster to become a scout for the Red Wings and Murphy took over full-time on west coast road trips. In addition in 2006, Murphy started contributing as a studio analyst on pregames, post games and intermissions in which he does not broadcast. In the 2007-08 season, Murphy began serving as a "Between the Benches" reporter for Fox Sports Detroit when Mickey Redmond was broadcasting, and subbed for Redmond when he had surgery to remove a tumor on his lung. He also made occasional appearances on the NHL Network's nightly hockey highlight show, NHL on the Fly. In March, 2013, it was announced by Fox Sports Detroit that he had been fired, after being told they weren't satisfied with ratings. [2]

Awards and achievements[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

  Regular season Playoffs
SeasonTeamLeagueGPGAPtsPIMGPGAPtsPIM
1978–79Peterborough PetesOMJHL66621278219191042
1979–80Peterborough PetesOMJHL6821688988144131720
1980–81Los Angeles KingsNHL801660767943032
1981–82Los Angeles KingsNHL792244669510281012
1982–83Los Angeles KingsNHL7714486281
1983–84Los Angeles KingsNHL60330
1983–84Washington CapitalsNHL721333465080336
1984–85Washington CapitalsNHL791342555152350
1985–86Washington CapitalsNHL782144655091566
1986–87Washington CapitalsNHL802358813972246
1987–88Washington CapitalsNHL7985361721344833
1988–89Washington CapitalsNHL657293670
1988–89Minnesota North StarsNHL1346101250228
1989–90Minnesota North StarsNHL7710586844712331
1990–91Minnesota North StarsNHL314111538
1990–91Pittsburgh PenguinsNHL445232830235182344
1991–92Pittsburgh PenguinsNHL7721567748216101619
1992–93Pittsburgh PenguinsNHL8322638573122111310
1993–94Pittsburgh PenguinsNHL841756734460550
1994–95Pittsburgh PenguinsNHL481325381812213150
1995–96Toronto Maple LeafsNHL821249613460224
1996–97Toronto Maple LeafsNHL697323920
1996–97Detroit Red WingsNHL1224602029118
1997–98Detroit Red WingsNHL821141523722312152
1998–99Detroit Red WingsNHL8010425242100228
1999–00Detroit Red WingsNHL811030404592352
2000–01Detroit Red WingsNHL57219211260110
OMJHL totals1342789116170335222762
NHL totals16152879291216108421537115152201

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Preceded by
Jay Wells
Los Angeles Kings first round draft pick
1980
Succeeded by
Jim Fox