Joe Murphy, who once played for the Penticton Knights, went on to have a successful NHL career — including winning a Stanley Cup. He is the centre of a TSN original feature, where they catch up to Murphy who is now homeless. Photo from OilersNation.com

Homeless former BCHL/NHL player in TSN documentary

Former Penticton Knights player Joe Murphy is the focus of a TSN original feature

A former BCHL player and NHL’er is the centre of a TSN original feature that is airing tonight on SportsCentre.

Joe Murphy was a BCHL (Penticton Knights) and university star, a first round NHL draft pick and Stanley Cup winner — he is now homeless living on the streets of Kenora, Ont.

Finding Murph follows TSN senior correspondent Rick Westhead and former NHL goalie Trevor Kidd as they track down Murphy to find out what happened to him after his hockey career.

After 18-years in the NHL, Murphy participated in a class action lawsuit against the NHL where players filed complaints that the league failed to keep them safe on issues related to concussions.

Related: NHL needs to take action on hits to the head: former NHL goalie

According to Hockeydb.com, Murphy played 51 games with the Penticton Knights in the 1984-85 season. He tallied an amazing 152 points that year (68 goals and 84 assists). Murphy won the BCHL Rookie of the Year honours and the BCHL MVP award. He sits fifth overall on Penticton’s all time single season goal tally and third overall for all time single season points (behind Brett Hull – 188 and Ron Vincent – 176).

While suited up for the Knights, the forward played alongside Todd Brost (who after college hockey played with the Canadian National Team, winning a silver at the 1992 Olympics) and Summerland’s John DePourcq. They powered to the Centennial Cup final, but lost.

Related: Penticton’s rick in hockey history

Murphy was selected first overall in the 1986 NHL entry draft by the Detroit Red Wings after standing out as a centre at Michigan State. While he toiled in the AHL, winning a Calder Cup with the Adirondack Red Wings, it was a trade to the Edmonton Oilers that saw him win the NHL’s grand prize. That year, 1990, the Oilers defeated the Bruins in the Stanley Cup final.

Murphy followed that up with helping lead the Oilers to the conference finals the next year. Contract talks deteriorated before the next season and eventually he was dealt to the Chicago Blackhawks. He then bounced around several NHL teams including the St. Louis Blues, San Jose Sharks, Bruins and eventually the Washington Capitals — where he was suspended by the team in the 2000-2001 season and never played hockey again.

The TSN feature will debut on Wednesday, Aug. 22 at 3 p.m. (Pacific). Finding Murph will be available on TSN.ca following its debut on SportsCentre.

To report a typo, email: editor@pentictonwesternnews.com.

Kristi Patton | Editor

KristiPatton

Send Kristi Patton an email.
Like the Western News on Facebook.
Follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

RCMP traffic stop leads to recovery of stolen Peterson Contracting service truck

Welder found in the back of a different vehicle by RCMP

Community Cultural Celebration Pot Luck 2019 on tonight

Swing by the Central Cariboo Arts and Culture Centre to celebrate your unique cultural heritage

CACWL celebrating 50 years serving the community with the Romeros

The Community Arts Council of Williams Lake will be organizing a concert and workshop on Nov. 30

Higher-volume woodlot licence allocated to First Nations in new Quesnel timber sharing agreement

The new apportionment gives area First Nations more say and paves the way for a new community forest

Cataline Christmas Craft Fair raising money for playground equipment

This year with craft fair season well underway, the lakecity is invited to support students

Nearly half of B.C. drivers nervous in winter conditions: BCAA

‘Wait and see’ approach common practice for 32% of B.C. motorists

Yelling at your dog might hurt its long-term mental health: study

Researchers find dogs trained using negative reinforcement are more ‘pessimistic’

At least 3 hurt in California school shooting, gunman sought

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department looking for a male suspect in black clothing was seen at the location

Transgender inmate in Surrey denied transfer to women’s prison

Petitioner argued denial of transfer to women’s prison was unreasonable and unfair

Community uses loophole to paint 16 rainbow crosswalks after B.C. council says no

So far 11 rainbows are painted and five planned, all since council denied the first proposal in September

Adoption centre closes despite effort to save it; B.C. left with two agencies

Choices Adoption and Pregnancy Counselling in Victoria was set to close in April

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh to meet with Trudeau today to discuss throne speech

Top ask will be for Liberal support for the immediate creation of a national universal pharmacare program

Most Read