Joe Murphy
POSITION: Right Wing
HEIGHT: 6' 1"
BIRTHDATE: 10/16/1967
DRAFTED: DET: 1986-1 overall
BCJHL Interior Division First All-Star Team (1985) Centennial Cup All-Star Team (1985) CCHA - Rookie of the Year (1986) Traded to Edmonton by Detroit with Petr Klima, Adam Graves and Jeff Sharples for Jimmy Carson, Kevin McClelland and Edmonton's 5th round choice (later traded to Montreal Montreal selected Brad Layzell) in 1991 Entry Draft, November 2, 1989. Missed majority of 1992-93 season after failing to come to contract terms with Edmonton. Traded to Chicago by Edmonton for Igor Kravchuk and Dean McAmmond, February 24, 1993. Signed as a free agent by St. Louis, July 8, 1996. Traded to San Jose by St. Louis for Todd Gill, March 24, 1998. Signed as a free agent by Boston, November 12, 1999. Claimed on waivers by Washington from Boston, February 10, 2000.
When Joe Murphy was drafted first overall in 1986, it looked like the Detroit Red Wings were on the verge of better days. Other teams were looking to deal for the Michigan State center. The Red Wings expected him to make the squad immediately.

However, Murphy spent the bulk of the 1986-87 season with Detroit's AHL affiliate in Adirondack. The next season, Detroit had little choice but to give him time at right wing. The team was desperate for scoring from the right side and had converted Murphy and Adam Graves to the position. Murphy contributed 10 goals and 19 points.

In the fall of 1989 the Red Wings traded Murphy to the Edmonton Oilers. The Oilers, were a strong team but not the favourite to win the Stanley Cup. In the playoffs, Murphy was put on a line with Adam Graves and Martin Gelinas. The Oilers, with the "kid line," went on to capture their fifth Stanley Cup.

Murphy peaked with the Oilers in the 1991-92 season with 82 points and after sitting out the better part of the 1992-93 season, Murphy was dealt to the Chicago Blackhawks. Murphy spent parts of four seasons in Chicago before signing as a free agent with the St. Louis Blues in the summer of 1996.

After parts of two seasons with the Blues, Murphy was off to San Jose followed by Boston and ending with Washington in 2000-01. Throughout his career Murphy played over 700 games and finished with over 500 points.

Courtesy of the Hockey Hall of Fame