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Larry Murphy

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Raised in Scarborough, Ontario, Larry Murphy had a stellar junior career as a member of the Peterborough Petes. After winning the Memorial Cup in 1979 and guiding the Petes back to the Memorial Cup tournament in 1980, Murphy was drafted 4th overall by the Los Angeles Kings in the 1980 NHL Draft. Immediately cracking the Kings roster, Murphy recorded 60 assists and 78 points through 80 games as a rookie, setting a new NHL record for assists and points by a rookie defenseman. Early in his 4th season with the Kings, Murphy was traded to the Washington Capitals, with whom he’d spend 6 seasons. Traded to the Minnesota North Stars early in the 1988/89 season, Murphy would play in Minnesota until midway through the 1990/91 season, when he was again traded, this time to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Quarterbacking the Penguins power play, Murphy helped the Penguins defeat his former team, the North Stars, in the 1991 Stanley Cup Finals, winning his 1st Stanley Cup. In 1992, Murphy would help the Penguins defeat the Chicago Blackhawks in the Stanley Cup Finals, earning them their 2nd consecutive Stanley Cup. After 5 seasons with the Penguins, Murphy would play a season and a half with the Toronto Maple Leafs, before joining the Detroit Red Wings at the 1997 NHL Trade Deadline. Murphy would win 2 more Stanley Cups with Detroit in 1997 and 1998 before retiring in at the end of the 2001 season. In 2004 Larry Murphy was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Currently, Murphy is a studio analyst on the NHL Network.