The Chicago Blackhawks Top 100 is a look back at what makes our favorite franchise what it is today. Today we look at a player in Ron Murphy who hoisted the Stanley Cup in 1961!
When you look at his all-time stats with the Chicago Blackhawks you would think Murphy wouldn’t rank very high in the all-time franchise rankings. Murphy is still in the Top 50 all-time scorers in franchise history. Here are his stats while wearing the Chicago Blackhawks sweater.
Ron Murphy Career Blackhawks Statistics 1957-1964
Power Play Goals-5
Stanley Cups- 1 (1961 Stanley Cup)
As you can see, the big deal for me is the fact that he was on the 1961 Stanley Cup Champion team with Stan Mikita and Bobby Hull. The 60-61 season was his best offensively with it being the only season that he cracked 20 regular season goals. He also chipped 2 goals during the 61 Stanley Cup playoff run to get his name on the Stanley Cup.
The fact that the 1961 team won the Cup when the young stars were really so young is really the difference between that era of stars and the one we witness today with Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane. The 61 group should have won more Cups period in my opinion, but we will get back to Murphy.
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Murphy had an injury plagued career that eventually forced him into retirement with the Boston Bruins. Murphy had shoulder issues throughout his career, and it’s the reason he ended up having to hang up his skates in the end.
Murphy got his name on the Stanley Cup twice once with the Hawks and once with Phil Esposito and the Boston Bruins. I guess with only 6 teams back then, one trade really affected the entire league.
Murphy isn’t one of those players that you hear your parents talk about pretty much ever, but when you go back to the record books of the Chicago Blackhawks, he played a role in winning that 61 Stanley Cup and that’s why I put him on our list of Top 100 Chicago Blackhawks of All-Time.
What do you think? Should I have left him off the list or does he deserve to make it?
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