Mike Murphy hasn’t missed a beat since graduating from the Ontario Hockey League. The Carolina Hurricanes prospect has been putting up great numbers between the pipes in the American Hockey League over the past two seasons, biding his time until he gets the call from the Hurricanes.
Murphy played four seasons in the Ontario Hockey League from 2005-06 to 2008-09, all with the Belleville Bulls. Over the last two seasons, Mike was the Belleville Bulls. It was his stellar goaltending that had the team finish first in the Eastern Conference both seasons. He led Belleville to the Robertson Cup final in 2007-08 before losing in seven games to the Kitchener Rangers.
Because Kitchener was the host of the 2008 Memorial Cup, the Bulls were the fourth team in the tournament. Belleville lost out to Kitchener in the semi-final.
In both those last two seasons in the OHL, Murphy was the OHL Goaltender of the Year, an OHL First Team All-Star, a CHL All-Star, had the OHL’s best goals against average and save percentage. He also won the Dave Pinkney Trophy in his final season for the team with the lowest GAA.
Mike was selected by Carolina in the sixth round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, 165th overall. Murphy played last season with their AHL affiliate, the Albany River Rats. He switched to the Charlotte Checkers of the AHL this season as the Hurricanes switched affiliates. Over both seasons in the AHL, Murphy has maintained a GAA less than 3.00 and a save percentage over .900.
Check out Mike Murphy’s profile page at the Charlotte Checkers official website.