Mike Murphy (ice hockey, born 1950)

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Mike Murphy
Mike Murphy action shot.jpg
As a member of the St. Louis Blues, 1971.
Born (1950-09-12) September 12, 1950 (age 65)
Toronto, ON, CAN
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 180 lb (82 kg; 12 st 12 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shot Right
Played for St. Louis Blues
New York Rangers
Los Angeles Kings
NHL Draft 25th overall, 1970
New York Rangers
Playing career 1971–1983

Michael John Murphy (born September 12, 1950) is a former National Hockey League (NHL) player, and former head coach in the NHL and International Hockey League (IHL]).

As a player, he played for the St. Louis Blues, New York Rangers, Los Angeles Kings. Murphy was captain of the Los Angeles Kings for 7 years and played in Los Angeles for 13 years. He played for Team Canada (bronze medal winner) and was assistant coach for Team Canada.[citation needed] Murphy was selected to play on the NHL All Star team in 1980. He has career totals in the NHL of 231 goals, 318 assists for 556 total points in 831 games played. Upon retiring from hockey with the Los Angeles Kings, he became their Head Coach. Murphy went on to be Assistant coach of the Vancouver Canucks, Ottawa Senators, and New York Rangers. Murphy was promoted from assistant coach of the Vancouver Canucks to head coach of their farm team, the Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League (AHL). Murphy left Milwaukee for an assistant coach position with the Toronto Maple Leafs hockey team. Murphy was them promoted to be the 24th Head Coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Murphy is the senior vice-president of the NHL, hockey operations.


As NHL vice-president of hockey operations, Murphy was forced to make a tough call during game three of the first round of the 2010 Stanley Cup. Murphy disallowed what was first ruled as a 3-4 goal on the ice for the Vancouver Canucks against Murphy's former team, the Los Angeles Kings. The incident is one of many that has called for greater NHL transparency from the public.[1] The official ruling stated that, "Video Review was used to determine whether the puck was kicked into the net by Vancouver's Daniel Sedin with a kicking motion. Upon review, it was determined that the puck was propelled into the net by a kicking motion. This was not a deflection. The direction the puck was moving and the force of the skate were the determining factors in concluding 'no goal'".[2] According to rule 49.2 of the NHL, "A puck that is directed into the net by an attacking player’s skate shall be a legitimate goal as long as no distinct kicking motion is evident."[3] Later, in an interview with CBC Hockey Night in Canada, Murphy admitted that the puck was not kicked in a "distinct kicking motion", as the official NHL rules require, yet Murphy maintained his position on the judgement.[2]

Coaching record[edit]

Team Year Regular season Post season
G W L T Pts Finish Result
LAK 1986–87 38 13 21 4 (70) 4th in Smythe Lost in first round
LAK 1987–88 27 7 16 4 (68) 4th in Smythe (fired)
TOR 1996–97 82 30 44 8 68 6th in Central Did not qualify
TOR 1997–98 82 30 43 9 69 6th in Central Did not qualify
Total 229 80 124 27


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Preceded by
Terry Harper
Los Angeles Kings captain
Succeeded by
Dave Lewis
Preceded by
Pat Quinn
Head coach of the Los Angeles Kings
Succeeded by
Rogatien Vachon
Preceded by
Nick Beverley
Head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs
Succeeded by
Pat Quinn