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Ron Murphy
Ron Murphy
Left Wing
Number: 12
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 185
Shoots: Left
Born: Apr 10, 1933
Birthplace: Hamilton, ON, Canada
Hometown: Mount Hope, Ontario
Acquired: Traded to Detroit by Chicago with Aut Erickson for Art Stratton, John Miszuk and Ian Cushenan on June 9, 1964.
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.

Courtesy of the Hockey Hall of Fame


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