The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that they have agreed to terms with defenseman Connor Murphy on a four-year contract extension that runs through the 2025-26 season ($4,400,000 salary cap hit).
"When we acquired Connor in the summer of 2017, we had visions of him growing as both a player and leader in our organization for many years," said President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Stan Bowman. "He has transformed into a defenseman capable of matching up with the opponent's best players and someone we trust to help us preserve a lead in the final minutes. Connor's voice carries weight in our locker room as a veteran presence and we're thrilled that his development and leadership will continue as a Blackhawk."
Murphy, 28, posted three goals and 12 assists in a career-high 22:09 of total ice time per game during the 2020-21 season. During the 2019-20 campaign, he registered a career-high 19 points (5G, 14A) in just 58 games. He added four assists in nine 2020 Stanley Cup Playoff games. Spanning four seasons (2017-21) with the Blackhawks, Murphy has 15 goals and 46 assists in 236 regular-season games.
As a part of his extension, Connor Murphy is recognizing frontline heroes by introducing a five-day campaign called $5 for No. 5. Fans are asked to donate $5 to help send frontline heroes meals and Murphy will match up to the first 500. Visit Blackhawks.com/5for5 for more information and to donate.
A native of Dublin, Ohio, Murphy has played in 494 games across eight National Hockey League seasons with the Arizona Coyotes and Blackhawks. He has 110 career points (28G, 82A). Murphy has blocked at least 100 shots and logged at least 100 hits in the same season on six occasions. The 2011 first-round pick (20th overall) scored a career-high six goals during the 2015-16 season with the Coyotes.
On the international stage, Murphy has played for Team USA at four IIHF World Championships. He captained the 2016 team and recorded the most goals (3) by a defenseman during the tournament. Murphy also skated in multiple IIHF World Junior Championships.