Ryan Murphy (ice hockey, born 1993)

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Ryan Murphy
Ryan Murphy 2013-2.jpg
Murphy with the Hurricanes on 2013
Born (1993-03-31) March 31, 1993 (age 21)
Aurora, ON, CAN
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 176 lb (80 kg; 12 st 8 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Right
NHL team Carolina Hurricanes
NHL Draft 12th Overall, 2011
Carolina Hurricanes
Playing career 2013–present

Ryan Murphy (born March 31, 1993) is a Canadian ice hockey defenceman who is currently playing for the Carolina Hurricanes in the NHL.

Playing career[edit]

Murphy was selected by the Kitchener Rangers third overall in the 2009 Ontario Hockey League (OHL) Bantam Draft.[1] He began his first season as a 16 year old and led the OHL in rookie defencemen scoring, scoring 39 points in 62 games playing on a defensive pairing with Columbus Blue Jackets first rounder John Moore. He followed up his stellar rookie campaign by helping the Rangers proceed to the third round of the OHL Playoffs with 17 points in 20 games, leading the Rangers in defence scoring.

Murphy broke out his sophomore season, leading the OHL in defencemen goal scoring with 26 goals. He added to that with 53 assists for 79 points in 63 games, good enough for second in OHL in defencemen scoring behind Windsor Spitfires defencemen Ryan Ellis.

Murphy was named to the OHL First Team All-Star team for the 2010–11 season.

On June 24, 2011, Murphy was drafted 12th overall by the Carolina Hurricanes in the NHL Entry Draft, reuniting with former Kitchener Rangers teammate Jeff Skinner.

On September 16, 2011, Murphy signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Carolina Hurricanes.[2]

When the Hurricanes' final 23-man roster was released on October 5, 2011, Murphy was on it, and he began the 2011-2012 season in the NHL.[3] On October 13, 2011, the Hurricanes returned Murphy to his OHL team, the Kitchener Rangers.[4][5] Murphy suffered a severe concussion on November 4, 2011 during a game against the Niagara IceDogs; as a consequence, he was placed in "complete shutdown mode" by the Rangers.[6]

On September 18, 2012, Murphy was named captain of the Kitchener Rangers.

On February 21, 2013, Murphy made his NHL debut with Carolina Hurricanes.[7] Murphy made the Hurricanes full-time for the 2013–14 NHL season. On October 6, 2013, Murphy scored his first career NHL point, assisting on a Jay Harrison goal.

His first NHL goal was scored on October 17, 2013. A powerplay goal against Jonathan Bernier of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

International career[edit]

Murphy was cut from the Canadian 2010 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament team despite a great performance during the tryout camp. It was believed to be because management was only looking for larger defencemen to dominate the tournament of 17 year olds. Murphy would later be selected to the Canadian World Junior camp in December, where he was one of the final cuts.

During the World Under-18s in April 2011, he had an impressive tournament, scoring 13 points and leading the tournament in defencemen scoring, as well as leading Canada to a 4th place finish as their leading scorer.

Murphy was named to Team Canada in his final year of eligibility for the 2013 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships. It was Murphy's third time trying out for Canada's national U20 team.

Awards and honours[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2009–10 Kitchener Rangers OHL 62 6 33 39 22 20 5 12 17 16
2010–11 Kitchener Rangers OHL 63 26 53 79 36 7 2 9 11 8
2011–12 Kitchener Rangers OHL 49 11 43 54 30 16 2 20 22 12
2012–13 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 4 0 0 0 2
NHL Totals 4 0 0 0 2 - - - - -
OHL Totals 174 43 129 172 88 43 9 41 50 36


Year Team Event GP G A Pts PIM
2011 Canada WJC U18 7 4 9 13 2
2013 Canada WJC U20 6 1 2 3 0
Junior int' totals 13 5 11 16 2


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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Jeff Skinner
Carolina Hurricanes first round draft pick
Succeeded by
Elias Lindholm