Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Ron Murphy
When Ron Murphy was with the Guelph Biltmores on their Memorial Cup run, he was offered the chance to turn professional with the New York Rangers. Until that time, he had no intention of playing for money but decided to since the opportunity was there.

Murphy joined a Ranger team that was in confusion. Lines were constantly switching and players kept moving in and out of the lineup. The Rangers recalled him from Guelph twice in the 1952-53 campaign. The following year, he earned a starting spot with the Rangers. He also secured his name in hockey folklore when he got involved in a vicious stick-swinging incident with Montreal's Bernie Geoffrion. Murphy suffered a broken jaw and a league suspension. The incident also put Maurice Richard in trouble with the league when he defended Geoffrion's actions in a newspaper column. The Rangers, meanwhile, sentenced Murphy to playing with Saskatoon for the remainder of the season.

By the 1956-57 season, his relationship with the Rangers was at its lowest point. The Rangers, left with no recourse, traded him to Chicago, a popular place to send the discontented and troublesome in those days. In trying to get rid of their troublemakers, the other teams were setting the stage for a surge by the Blackhawks.

The 'Hawks broke out in the 1961 playoffs. Chicago rolled over the regular season champions, Montreal Canadiens. In the finals, they took Detroit in six games to win the Stanley Cup. Murphy peaked with the team and even had the honour of representing the club in the All-Star Game.

Murphy went on to join the Red Wings for the 1964-65 season before being dealt to the Boston Bruins the next year. With the Bruins, he began experiencing health troubles. Twice the Bruins talked him out of retiring. In 1968-69, Murphy was put on a line with Ken Hodge and an emerging Phil Esposito. The line racked up an incredible 263 points--a record to that point.

In the next season, Murphy retired for good.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1949-50 Guelph Biltmores OHA-Jr. 1 0 0 0 2
1950-51 Guelph Biltmores OHA-Jr. 54 44 44 88 38 4 2 1 3 2
1951-52 Guelph Biltmores OHA-Jr. 51 58 58 116 36 10 8 7 15 2
1951-52 Cincinnati Mohawks AHL 1 0 0 0 0
1951-52 Guelph Biltmores M-Cup 12 13 7 20 4
1952-53 Guelph Biltmores OHA-Jr. 45 39 42 81 52
1952-53 New York Rangers NHL 15 3 1 4 0
1953-54 New York Rangers NHL 27 1 3 4 20
1953-54 Saskatoon Quakers WHL 24 7 5 12 2 6 1 2 3 2
1954-55 New York Rangers NHL 66 14 16 30 36
1955-56 New York Rangers NHL 66 16 28 44 71 5 0 1 1 2
1956-57 New York Rangers NHL 33 7 12 19 14 5 0 0 0 0
1956-57 Providence Reds AHL 21 12 11 23 14
1957-58 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 69 11 17 28 32
1958-59 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 59 17 30 47 52
1959-60 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 63 15 21 36 18 4 1 0 1 0
1960-61 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 70 21 19 40 30 12 2 1 3 0
1961-62 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 60 12 16 28 41
1962-63 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 68 18 16 34 28 1 0 0 0 0
1963-64 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 70 11 8 19 32 7 0 1 1 8
1964-65 Detroit Red Wings NHL 58 20 19 39 32 5 0 1 1 4
1965-66 Detroit Red Wings NHL 32 10 7 17 10
1965-66 Boston Bruins NHL 2 0 1 1 0
1966-67 Boston Bruins NHL 39 11 16 27 6
1967-68 Boston Bruins NHL 12 0 1 1 4 -2 4 0 0 0 0
1967-68 Oklahoma City Blazers CPHL 6 2 2 4 2
1968-69 Boston Bruins NHL 60 16 38 54 26 +23 10 4 4 8 12
1969-70 Boston Bruins NHL 20 2 5 7 8 +1
NHL Totals 889 205 274 479 460 53 7 8 15 26


Played in NHL All-Star Game (1961) Traded to Chicago by NY Rangers for Hank Ciesla, June, 1957. Traded to Detroit by Chicago with Aut Erickson for Art Stratton, John Miszuk and Ian Cushenan, June 9, 1964. Traded to Boston by Detroit with Bill Lesuk, Gary Doak and future considerations (Steve Atkinson, June 6, 1966) for Dean Prentice and Leo Boivin, February 16, 1966.
Missed majority of 1967-68 due to shoulder and bicep muscle operations.
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