The team announced they have hired Gord Murphy as an assistant coach and assistant coach John Paddock will not return to the organization. Murphy last served as an assistant coach with the Florida Panthers from 2010-2013. Prior to Florida, Murphy was with the Columbus Blue Jackets from the time he retired as a player in 2002 until 2010.
Murphy, 47, was drafted by the Flyers in the ninth round of the 1985 draft and made his debut as in 1988-89. The defenseman scored 31 goals and added 97 assists in three and a half seasons with the Flyers with arguably his best season coming in 1989-90 when he scored 14 goals and added 27 assists for 42 points from the Flyers blue line.
“Gord brings a wealth of experience as a player and as a coach at the NHL level.” Hextall said in a statement released by the team. “We are excited to have Gord on our staff and look forward to him working with our defensemen and the rest of our coaching staff.”
“I’m very excited and really looking forward to the opportunity and challenge of working with the Flyers organization and with Craig Berube and his staff,” Murphy said in the statement. “I couldn’t be more thrilled for this opportunity for myself and my family coming back to Philly. As a former player and now the last 11 years in my role as an assistant coach, I consider myself a good teacher with a good balance of experience. I really look forward to working with and mentoring the defensemen everyday by having them continue to improve and get the Flyers to where we all want to be.”
Murphy was teammates with Flyers head coach Craig Berube and general manager Ron Hextall when the three played together in Philadelphia.
The Flyers defense needs help and Murphy might be able to assist in the development of Luke Schenn, who is still young enough.
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