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CATCHING UP WITH MIKE MURPHY

by Mike Kalinowski / Los Angeles Kings
LAKings.com's Mike Kalinowski spoke with former Kings winger Mike Murphy via telephone last week. He is this week's subject of Catching Up With, a weekly interview with a Kings Alumni.


 Catching Up with Mike Murphy  

MURPHY QUICK FACTS:

Position: Right Wing
Born: Sept. 12, 1950 (Toronto, Ontario)
Drafted: Selected by the New York Rangers in the second-round (25th overall) in the 1970 NHL Amateur Draft. Acquired by the Kings with Sheldon Kannegiesser and Tommy Williams for Gilles Marotte and Real Lemieux on Nov. 30, 1973.
Years With The Kings: 1973-83 (served as Kings’ captain from 1975-81)

Career With The Kings:
  • 673 games played (ranks 7th all-time in Kings history)
  • 194 goals (ranks 8th all-time in Kings history; 2nd among right wingers)
  • 263 assists (ranks 9th all-time in Kings history)
  • 457 points (ranks 10th all-time in Kings history)
  • Represented the Kings at the 1980 NHL All-Star Game
  • Finished second on the Kings in goals (30) and points (68) in 1974-75 while registering a plus-32 rating in 78 games; the Kings point total that season (105 points) still stands as a franchise record for most points in one season
  • Scored 20 or more goals five times during his career with the Kings
  • Twice was named the Kings Unsung Hero award winner (1976-77 and 1979-80)
  • Served as an assistant coach with the Kings for three seasons (1984-87)
  • Served as a head coach with the Kings for two seasons (1986-88)
Other Noteworthy Accomplishments:
  • Has also served as an assistant coach with the Vancouver Canucks, Toronto Maple Leafs, New York Rangers and Ottawa Senators, and as a head coach with the Maple Leafs
What He’s Doing Now:
  • Currently serves as the NHL’s senior vice president of hockey operations
  • Still calls Los Angeles home during the off-season
  • His wife is from Southern California and all of their children were born in the Los Angeles area
Interview Highlights:
  • Said the Kings had a small but exciting fan base when he started his career with the club in 1973
  • Credits former Kings head coach Bob Pulford and former Kings general manager Jake Milford for putting together some very good Kings teams during his time with the club
  • Talks about the 1974-75 Kings, a strong defensive team led in goal by Rogie Vachon
  • Worked as an assistant coach in Los Angeles under both Roger Neilson and Pat Quinn
  • Explains in detail his role with the league, where he supervises the officials, the games and any issues that might occur in the games
  • Manages the NHL’s video replay room in Toronto during the regular season while working as the internal affairs office of the league
  • Tries to bring order and calmness to a very difficult job
  • Says he still has interest in getting involved directly in the management of a team in the future if the right opportunity comes along
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