Largely regarded as one of the best offensive defensemen in league history, Murphy was originally selected by the L.A. Kings in the opening round (fourth overall) of the 1980 NHL Entry Draft after winning a Memorial Cup championship with the Peterborough Petes earlier that year. The dynamic blue-liner went on to skate with the Kings, Capitals, North Stars, Penguins and his hometown Maple Leafs prior to spending the final 4 1/2 seasons of his career with the Red Wings, with whom he won two Stanley Cups (1997 & 1998). The perennial All-Star and two-time Norris Trophy finalist also won back-to-back Cups with Pittsburgh in 1991 and 1992 and was a member of the victorious Team Canada at both the 1987 and 1991 Canada Cup tournaments.
Currently serving as an analyst and sideline reporter for the Red Wings on Fox Sports Detroit, Murphy ranks fifth amongst NHL defenseman in career points (1,216), sixth in goals (287), fourth in assists (929) and third in games played (1,615). In his 312 games played with Detroit, Murphy tallied 35G-136A-171P in addition to a rating of plus-56 rating.