Atd#8-MLII ***The All-Time AAA Draft *** (picks, rosters, everything in this thread)
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02-16-2008, 05:12 PM
17/07/2014 ATD RIP
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205 goals, 479 points in 889 NHL games over an injury-filled 18 year career with four teams (Rangers, Blackhawks, Red Wings, Bruins).
Chicago Blackhawk champion
NHL all-star game (1961)
Memorial Cup champion (1952)
Harry Howell on that Guelph Bitmores championship team:
"Andy Bathgate, Dean Prentice, Ron Murphy, Louie Fontinato — we all keep in touch. We're all close by. That has completed the bond."
secured his name in hockey folklore when he got involved in a vicious stick-swinging incident with Montreal's Bernie Geoffrion
. Murphy suffered a broken jaw and a league suspension. The incident also put Maurice Richard in trouble with the league when he defended Geoffrion's actions in a newspaper column.
...Rangers traded him to Chicago, a popular place to send the discontented and troublesome in those days. In trying to get rid of their troublemakers, the other teams were setting the stage for a surge by the Blackhawks.
The 'Hawks broke out in the 1961 playoffs. Chicago rolled over the regular season champions, Montreal Canadiens. In the finals, they took Detroit in six games to win the Stanley Cup. Murphy peaked with the team and even had the honour of representing the club in the All-Star Game.
Murphy went on to join the Red Wings for the 1964-65 season before being dealt to the Boston Bruins the next year. With the Bruins, he began experiencing health troubles.
How many NHLers are talked out of retiring
in their 17th season
and go on to have a career best year on the highest scoring line ever (to that date)? That is what you call a valuable player!
Twice the Bruins talked him out of retiring. In 1968-69, Murphy was put on a line with Ken Hodge and an emerging Phil Esposito.
The line racked up an incredible 263 points--a record to that point.
on a wild train ride from Boston to Montreal, Bobby Hull and teammate Ron Murphy broke into a case of railroad flares, lit them and threw them into the other Black Hawks' roomettes.
Several frantic hours and $599 worth of damage later, General Manager Tommy Ivan called a team meeting. "All right," demanded Ivan, "who did it?" "I decided somebody better say something," says Bobby, "so I piped up: 'I did, sir.' Ivan just said, That's all I wanted to know,' and walked away."
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