Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Mike Murphy
Growing up in hockey's hotbed, Toronto, Ontario, Mike Murphy like 1,000's of other young hockey players had dreams of playing for the Blue and White of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

He played his minor and junior hockey in Toronto, but his NHL playing days sent him elsewhere, but Mike Murphy did eventually realize part of his dream, he was assistant coach of the Leafs during the early 1990's and was head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs from 1996-1998.

Along the way, Murphy has had a great hockey life. After playing junior with the Marlies in Toronto, Murphy was drafted in the second round of the 1970 NHL Amateur Draft by the New York Rangers. He spent a season with the Central Hockey League's Omaha Knights honing his skills, where he won the Rookie-of-the-year honours. Not being able to crack the Rangers line-up the following season, Murphy refused to play another season in Omaha and turned his talents to selling used cars in downtown Toronto, but after a trade with New York and St Louis, Murphy gladly donned the blue and gold of the Blues and headed west. Murphy spent the next 12 seasons in the National Hockey League split between the St Louis Blues, New York Rangers and the Los Angeles Kings along with representing his country during the World Championships in 1978.

Retiring following the 1982-83 season, Murphy spent the next five seasons in the Los Angeles system including head coach from 1986-1988. From there he moved up the coast where he was assistant coach with the Vancouver Canucks for three seasons before being named head coach of the Milwaukee Admirals of the International Hockey League during the 1990-91 season.

Murphy returned to the NHL with his hometown Toronto Maple Leafs in 1991, where he spent the better part of five seasons during the 1990's with the Maple Leafs as an Assistant coach and ultimately head coach. In between, he helped out with the coaching duties with the New York Rangers. Mike traveled down highway 401 in Ontario following the 1998 season and applied his trade with the coaching staff of the Ottawa Senators.

Recognizing his talents, the National Hockey League approached Murphy at the conclusion of the 1999 season and offered him a position of Vice President, Hockey Operations with the League office. "Mike brings wealth of NHL experience as a player, coach and administrator that few can match" stated Executive Vice President and Director of Hockey Operations of the National Hockey League, Colin Campbell, upon Mike's arrival.

With over 30 years of experience at the NHL level, there is little Mike Murphy hasn't witnessed.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1967-68 York Steel OHA-B 30 19 19 38
1968-69 Toronto Marlboros OHA-Jr. 44 16 23 39 53 6 1 4 5 6
1969-70 Toronto Marlboros OHA-Jr. 54 23 27 50 68 6 7 6 13 16
1970-71 Omaha Knights CHL 59 24 47 71 37 11 4 8 12 17
1971-72 Omaha Knights CHL 8 1 4 5 12
1971-72 St. Louis Blues NHL 63 20 23 43 19 -4 11 2 3 5 6
1972-73 St. Louis Blues NHL 64 18 27 45 48 +13
1972-73 New York Rangers NHL 15 4 4 8 5 -5 10 0 0 0 0
1973-74 New York Rangers NHL 16 2 1 3 0 -2
1973-74 Los Angeles Kings NHL 53 13 16 29 38 +2 5 0 4 4 0
1974-75 Los Angeles Kings NHL 78 30 38 68 44 +32 3 3 0 3 4
1975-76 Los Angeles Kings NHL 80 26 42 68 61 -3 9 1 4 5 6
1976-77 Los Angeles Kings NHL 76 25 36 61 58 +15 9 4 9 13 4
1977-78 Los Angeles Kings NHL 72 20 36 56 48 -1 2 0 0 0 0
1977-78 Canada WEC-A 10 1 4 5 16
1978-79 Los Angeles Kings NHL 64 16 29 45 38 -12 2 0 1 1 0
1979-80 Los Angeles Kings NHL 80 27 22 49 29 -12 4 1 0 1 2
1980-81 Los Angeles Kings NHL 68 16 23 39 54 -7 1 0 1 1 0
1981-82 Los Angeles Kings NHL 28 5 10 15 20 0 10 2 1 3 32
1982-83 Los Angeles Kings NHL 74 16 11 27 52 -11
NHL Totals 831 238 318 556 514 66 13 23 36 54


CHL Second All-Star Team (1971)
Ken McKenzie Trophy (CHL - Rookie of the Year) (1971) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1980)
Traded to St. Louis by NY Rangers with Jack Egers and Andre Dupont for Gene Carr, Jim Lorentz and Wayne Connelly, November 15, 1971. Traded to NY Rangers by St. Louis for Ab DeMarco Jr., March 2, 1973. Traded to Los Angeles by NY Rangers with Sheldon Kannegiesser and Tom Williams for Gilles Marcotte and Real Lemieux, November 30, 1973.
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