Larry Murphy very quietly amassed a career which landed him in Hockey's Hall of Fame.
Murphy was drafted 4th overall by the Los Angeles Kings in the 1980 NHL entry draft, He was drafted out of the famed Peterborough Petes junior organization, where he was part of the 1979 Memorial Cup championship. He was the OHL's outstanding defenseman in 1979-80, earning him a higher NHL draft selection than Paul Coffey.
In his first NHL season "Murph" set NHL rookie records for defensemen when he recorded 60 assists and 76 points. Despite the impressive debut, Peter Stastny would win the rookie of the year award with an incredible season. This became somewhat typical of Murphy's career. His quiet excellence was always overshadowed by someone else. The humble Murphy never minded.
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