08/07/2014 - HERSHEY, Pa. – The Hershey Bears announced today that Ryan Murphy has been named to the position of assistant coach / video of the Hockey Club. The announcement was made by Bears President/GM Doug Yingst.
The 31-year-old Murphy stays with Bears head coach Troy Mann after serving as his assistant with the ECHL’s Bakersfield Condors last season. Under Murphy’s guidance, the Condors finished fourth in the ECHL in penalty killing success (85.9%), while the defensive corps ranked eighth overall in goals-against per game average (2.81). Murphy was instrumental in taking Bakersfield through their longest playoff run in team history, a six-game Western Conference Finals battle against the eventual league champion Alaska Aces.
The 2013-2014 season was Murphy’s first as a professional coach. The native of Rumson, New Jersey played five seasons of pro hockey, including parts of five in the American Hockey League with the Manchester Monarchs, Hartford Wolf Pack and Peoria Rivermen. In 138 career AHL games, Murphy tallied 32 points (17 goals, 15 assists), and he added 54 points (15 goals, 39 assists) in 93 career games with the ECHL’s Charlotte Checkers.
Prior to turning pro, Murphy played four years at Boston College (HE), recording 59 points in 156 career games. He was lauded as the club’s Coaches Award winner during his senior season for hard work, leadership and selflessness.
Murphy was originally selected by the Los Angeles Kings in the sixth round (185th overall) of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.
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