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Gord Murphy
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Born February 23, 1967 (1967-02-23) (age 52)
Willowdale, Ontario, Canada
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight 195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Right
Played for Philadelphia Flyers
Boston Bruins
Florida Panthers
Atlanta Thrashers
National team Flag of Canada.svg Canada
NHL Draft 189th overall, 1985
Philadelphia Flyers
Playing career 1987–2002

Gord Murphy (born Gordon J. Murphy on February 23, 1967) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey defenceman who played 14 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Philadelphia Flyers, Boston Bruins, Florida Panthers and Atlanta Thrashers.

He is currently an assistant coach for the Philadelphia Flyers.

Playing CareerEdit

Gord 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, he made his professional debut with the Flyers' AHL affiliate, the Hershey Bears, in the 1987–88 season.

In the 1988–89 season, Gord joined the Flyers. After three-plus seasons in Philadelphia, he was traded (along with Brian Dobbin and a 1992 third-round draft choice) to the Boston Bruins for Garry Galley & Wes Walz in January of 1992.

Gord was selected by the Florida Panthers in the 1993 NHL Expansion Draft 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.

Gord 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.

During his NHL career, Gord 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.

Career StatisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1983–84 Don Mills Flyers MTHL 65 24 42 66 130
1984–85 Oshawa Generals OHL 59 3 12 15 25
1985–86 Oshawa Generals OHL 64 7 15 22 56 6 1 1 2 6
1986–87 Oshawa Generals OHL 56 7 30 37 95 24 6 16 22 22
1986–87 Oshawa Generals M-Cup 3 0 3 3 9
1987–88 Hershey Bears AHL 62 8 20 28 44 12 0 8 8 12
1988–89 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 75 4 31 35 68 19 2 7 9 13
1989–90 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 75 14 27 41 95
1990–91 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 80 11 31 42 58
1991–92 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 31 2 8 10 33
1991–92 Boston Bruins NHL 42 3 6 9 51 15 1 0 1 12
1992–93 Boston Bruins NHL 49 5 12 17 62
1992–93 Providence Bruins AHL 2 1 3 4 2
1993–94 Florida Panthers NHL 84 14 29 43 71
1994–95 Florida Panthers NHL 46 6 16 22 24
1995–96 Florida Panthers NHL 70 8 22 30 30 14 0 4 4 6
1996–97 Florida Panthers NHL 80 8 15 23 51 5 0 5 5 4
1997–98 Florida Panthers NHL 79 6 11 17 46
1998–99 Florida Panthers NHL 51 0 7 7 16
1999–2000 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 58 1 10 11 38
2000–01 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 27 3 11 14 12
2001–02 Boston Bruins NHL 15 0 2 2 13
2001–02 Providence Bruins AHL 8 0 3 3 6
NHL totals 862 85 238 323 668 53 3 16 19 35
OHL totals 179 17 57 74 176 30 7 17 24 28
AHL totals 72 9 26 35 52 12 0 8 8 12

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event   GP G A Pts PIM
1998 Canada WC 6 1 0 1 2
Senior int'l totals 6 1 0 1 2

Coaching CareerEdit

Gord worked as an assistant coach with the Columbus Blue Jackets from the 2002–03 NHL season until he was fired as a part of an overall coaching change on June 16, 2010.

After working for Florida Panthers as an assistant coach, he was fired on November 8, 2013 (along with head coach Kevin Dineen and assistant coach Craig Ramsay). He was hired as an assistant coach by the Philadelphia Flyers on June 18, 2014.

Personal LifeEdit

Gord and his wife, Nicole have two sons, Connor & Tyler and one daughter, Lexi.

Connor was a first round draft pick of the Phoenix Coyotes in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft and currently plays for the Chicago Blackhawks.

AccoladesEdit

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