Date of Birth: 19xx
Place of Birth: St. John’s, Nfld.
Inducted: 1995 (Player Category)
As a player and as an organizer, John Murphy was a valuable asset to hockey in Gander, in Central Newfoundland, and in Newfoundland and Labrador.
After playing his early hockey with St. Bon’s in his native St. John’s, Murphy moved to Gander in 1946. He established himself as one of the finest players of his era on the ice, and off the ice played a major role in the founding of a solid and permanent Gander Hockey Association, as well as in the expansion and improvement of hockey in Central Newfoundland and in the province. His contributions to hockey overall were important and, in many cases, vital.
His hockey ability and skills were such that Gander’s entry into provincial senior hockey between 1947 and 1960 were, more or less, built around Murphy. His skating, stickhandling and passing were such that when the first provincial all-star squad was selected in 1951, Murphy was a member. He was picked up by Grand Falls to play an exhibition game against the New York Rangers the same year. Overall, he stood out as one of the most talented players within the province during his 14-season career.
As a booster of hockey and a sincere benefactor in Gander, Murphy was a prime mover in successful efforts to obtain a suitable rink for the community, and served in a variety of positions, including president, on the Gander Hockey Association executive. In addition, he filled the position of Central vice-president for the Newfoundland Amateur Hockey Association in a very productive manner, and generated a great deal of respect for his contributions.
Gander’s hockey community demonstrated their affection and appreciation for Murphy April 9, 1960 when a special night was held at Gander Gardens. It was a tribute to Murphy and his family for the manner in which he assisted hockey in the town.