Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Joe Murphy
When Joe Murphy was drafted first overall in 1986, it looked like the Detroit Red Wings were on the verge of better days. Other teams were looking to deal for the Michigan State centre. The Red Wings expected him to make the squad immediately.

However, Murphy spent the bulk of the 1986-87 season with Detroit's AHL affiliate in Adirondack. The next season, Detroit had little choice but to give him time at right wing. The team was desperate for scoring from the right side and had converted Murphy and Adam Graves to the position. Murphy contributed ten goals and 19 points.

In the fall of 1989 the Red Wings traded Murphy to the Edmonton Oilers. The Oilers, were a strong team but not the favourite to win the Stanley Cup. In the playoffs, Murphy was put on a line with Adam Graves and Martin Gelinas. The Oilers, with the "kid line," went on to capture their fifth Stanley Cup.

Murphy peaked with the Oilers in the 1991-92 season with 82 points and after sitting out the better part of the 1992-93 season, Murphy was dealt to the Chicago Blackhawks. Murphy spent parts of four seasons in Chicago before signing as a free agent with the St. Louis Blues in the summer of 1996.

After parts of two seasons with the Blues, Murphy was off to San Jose followed by Boston and ending with Washington in 2000-01. Throughout his career Murphy played over 700 games and finished with over 500 points.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1984-85 Penticton Knights BCJHL 51 68 84 152 92
1984-85 Penticton Knights Cen-Cup 5 5 9 14 12
1985-86 Michigan State Spartans CCHA 35 24 37 61 50
1985-86 Canada Nat-Tm 8 3 3 6 2
1985-86 Canada WJC-A 7 4 10 14 2
1986-87 Detroit Red Wings NHL 5 0 1 1 2 0
1986-87 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 71 21 38 59 61 10 2 1 3 33
1987-88 Detroit Red Wings NHL 50 10 9 19 37 -4 8 0 1 1 6
1987-88 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 6 5 6 11 4
1988-89 Detroit Red Wings NHL 26 1 7 8 28 -7
1988-89 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 47 31 35 66 66 16 6 11 17 17
1989-90 Detroit Red Wings NHL 9 3 1 4 4 +4
1989-90 Edmonton Oilers NHL 62 7 18 25 56 +1 22 6 8 14 16
1990-91 Edmonton Oilers NHL 80 27 35 62 35 +2 15 2 5 7 14
1991-92 Edmonton Oilers NHL 80 35 47 82 52 +17 16 8 16 24 12
1992-93 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 19 7 10 17 18 -3 4 0 0 0 8
1993-94 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 81 31 39 70 111 +1 6 1 3 4 25
1994-95 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 40 23 18 41 89 +7 16 9 3 12 29
1995-96 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 70 22 29 51 86 -3 10 6 2 8 33
1996-97 St. Louis Blues NHL 75 20 25 45 69 -1 6 1 1 2 10
1997-98 St. Louis Blues NHL 27 4 9 13 22 +8
1997-98 San Jose Sharks NHL 10 5 4 9 14 +1 6 1 1 2 20
1998-99 San Jose Sharks NHL 76 25 23 48 73 +10 6 0 3 3 4
1999-00 Boston Bruins NHL 26 7 7 14 41 -7
1999-00 Washington Capitals NHL 29 5 8 13 53 +8 5 0 0 0 8
2000-01 Washington Capitals NHL 14 1 5 6 20 -5
NHL Totals 779 233 295 528 810 120 34 43 77 185


BCJHL Interior Division First All-Star Team (1985)
Centennial Cup All-Star Team (1985)
CCHA - Rookie of the Year (1986)
Traded to Edmonton by Detroit with Petr Klima, Adam Graves and Jeff Sharples for Jimmy Carson, Kevin McClelland and Edmonton's 5th round choice (later traded to Montreal - Montreal selected Brad Layzell) in 1991 Entry Draft, November 2, 1989.
Missed majority of 1992-93 season after failing to come to contract terms with Edmonton. Traded to Chicago by Edmonton for Igor Kravchuk and Dean McAmmond, February 24, 1993. Signed as a free agent by St. Louis, July 8, 1996. Traded to San Jose by St. Louis for Todd Gill, March 24, 1998. Signed as a free agent by Boston, November 12, 1999. Claimed on waivers by Washington from Boston, February 10, 2000.