Murphy was the first star of the
ice hockey program. Playing from 1966-1970, he wrote the
first pages of the Holy Cross record book.
In his sophomore campaign in 1967-1968, he led the team in goals (36) and points (64). He duplicated the feat the next season, leading the team again in tallies (38) and points (64). His senior year was his finest. As co-captain, he set school records with 45 goals and 79 points while also leading the team with 34 assists.
Murphy left Holy Cross first in school history with career points (207) and career goals (119). He was the third player to reach the 100 point club for the Crusaders, and the first to eclipse 200 points. He was the first player to score 40 goals in a Crusader uniform, and his senior year production was recognized by Sports Illustrated.
The John A. Meegan Award winner in 1970, Murphy also led Holy Cross to three Worcester College Hockey Championships in his four years on Mount St. James, where the team compiled a 61-35-2 overall record.