MIKE MURPHY
KINGS HEAD COACH 1987-88/ASSISTANT COACH 1984-87

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Mike Murphy served as head coach of the Kings for parts of two different seasons from Jan. 10 - Dec. 5, 1987, being head coach for 65 games and posting a 20-37-8 mark, after being promoted from assistant coach, a position he held for three seasons (1984-87).

Murphy assumed the title of coach on Jan 10, 1987, following the NHL’s expulsion of Pat Quinn, becoming only the second person ever to rise to the position of head coach after being both player and captain of the Kings. (The other was Bob Pulford).

Murphy closed out the 1986-87 season with a 13-21-4 mark, but after a 7-16-4 record to start the 1987-88 season, Murphy was relieved of his duties on Dec. 5, 1987, replaced on an interim basis by GM Rogie Vachon before Robbie Ftorek took over.

A veteran of 12 NHL seasons (including tours with the St. Louis Blues and New York Rangers) Murphy came to the Kings on Nov. 30, 1973 with Tommy Williams and Sheldon Kannegiesser in a trade with the Rangers for Gilles Marotte and Real Lemieux.

Two years later he was named team captain and held the position for six consecutive seasons – longer than any other player. He continued to play with the team for two more seasons after relinquishing his captaincy, retiring at the start of the 1983-84 campaign. He finished his career in a King uniform with 673 games, 456 points, 194 goals and 262 assists. For his NHL career, he collected 238-318=556 in 831 games.

After hanging up his skates, Murphy was immediately named “Special Assistant” to then general manager George Maguire. On Jan. 30, 1984, he assumed the duties of assistant coach when owner Jerry Buss restructured the front office.

Murphy began his professional playing career in 1970 when he was drafted in the second round (25th overall) by the Rangers. Spending his first year in the Rangers farm system at Omaha, Murphy was named the Central Hockey League’s Rookie of the Year and earned a berth on the CHL’s Second All-Star Team at right wing. In November, 1971, he was traded to the St. Louis Blues where he scored his first NHL goal, Nov. 24, 1971 – against the Rangers. New York traded to get Murphy back in March, 1973.

From there he moved up the coast where he was assistant coach with the Vancouver Canucks for three seasons before being named head coach of the Milwaukee Admirals of the International Hockey League during the 1990-91 season.

Following his time with the Kings, Murphy was an assistant coach with the Vancouver Canucks (1988-90), head coach of the Milwaukee Admirals of the AHL (1990-91) an assistant coach with the Toronto Maple Leafs (1991-94) and NY Rangers (1002-96) before serving two seasons (1996-98) as head coach with the Maple Leafs, posting a 60-87-17 mark.

The National Hockey League approached Murphy at the conclusion of the 1999 season and offered him a position of Vice President, Hockey Operations with the League office, a position in which he still holds.

REGULAR SEASON POSTSEASON
YEARS
G
W
L
T
OTL
PTS
PCT
GP
W
L
1986-87
38
13
21
4
-
30
.394
5
1
4
1987-88
27
7
16
4
-
18
.333
-
-
-
TOTALS
65
20
37
8
-
48
.369
5
1
4