Gord Murphy was hired as an assistant coach for the Florida Panthers on July 6, 2010. The experienced coach was let go as an assistant with the Columbus Blue Jackets on June 15, 2010.
Murphy had previously been with the Blue Jackets organization as an assistant since July 9, 2002 after an outstanding playing career that spanned 14 NHL seasons. As a defenseman with the Philadelphia Flyers, Boston Bruins, Florida Panthers and Atlanta Thrashers, he collected 85 goals and 238 assists for 323 points with 655 penalty minutes in 862 regular season games. His best campaign was 1993-94 when he notched a career-high 14 goals and 29 assists for 43 points in 84 games with Florida. He also played in 53 career Stanley Cup Playoff games, tallying 3 goals and 16 assists for 19 points and 35 penalty minutes. He played for the Panthers when they won the Eastern Conference championship and advanced to the 1996 Stanley Cup Finals.
Murphy was Philadelphia's 10th selection, 189th overall, in the 1985 Entry Draft. He played junior hockey for the Ontario Hockey League's Oshawa Generals and was named to the Memorial Cup All-Star Team in 1986-87. He joined the professional ranks in 1987-88 with the American Hockey League's Hershey Bears and helped the Flyers' affiliate win the 1988 Calder Cup Championship.
He made his NHL debut in 1988-89 and spent three-plus years with Philadelphia before being traded to Boston to finish up the 1991-92 campaign. In the summer of 1993, Murphy was claimed in the Expansion Draft by the Panthers. He went on to play six seasons with Florida before going to the expansion Atlanta Thrashers in 1999. He wrapped up his career in 2001-02 with the Bruins and their American Hockey League affiliate in Providence.
Murphy was born in Willowdale, Ontario on Feb. 23, 1967. He and his wife, Nicole, are the parents of sons, Tyler and Connor, and daughter, Lexi. The family resides in Upper Arlington.