Former NCAA standout Digit Murphy is in her second season with the Boston Blades in 2013-14.
Under Murphy, Boston set a new standard of success in the CWHL. The most recent high-water mark came with the historic 2012-13 season when the Blades were crowned Clarkson Cup championships after capturing the regular season title with 22 victories including seven series sweeps and five clean sheets. The Blades became the first American franchise to earn the titles behind the 2012-13 CWHL Coach of the Year.
Prior to coming to Boston, Murphy was the head coach at Brown University in Providence, R.I. At Brown, she was the first NCAA women’s coach to reach the 200 and 300 victory plateaus, respectively.
During the 2006-07 season, she became the all-time winningest coach in NCAA history (and was surpassed by Katie Stone of Ivy League rival Harvard University). Murphy is among the top-five all-time in NCAA women’s ice hockey career wins with 318. She has compiled a record of 318-244-57.
As head coach, Murphy’s teams have competed in the national championship game three times (1998, 2000 and 2002). In addition, Murphy has head teams participate in four national semifinals, while enjoying six ECAC championship and the Ivy League title on five occasions.
Seven of her players went on to play in the Winter Games (Pam Dreyer, Kim Insacalo, Kathleen Kauth, Becky Kellar, Katie King, Tara Mounsey, and Chie Chie Sakuma), while Ali Brewer went on to claim the Patti Kazmaier Award in 2000.
Murphy also coached at the national level. In 2004, Murphy coached the U.S. National team at the Lake Placid Olympic Festival and in October 1996, she coached the U.S. National Team as an assistant at the Three Nations Tournament. In 1992, her well-respected hockey talents earned her the position of assistant coach for the U.S. Women’s Ice Hockey National Team under head coach Russ McCurdy. She helped lead the U.S. to a silver medal in Final. Murphy also coached at the Junior National level in Lake Placid for eight years and was a member of the 1998 Olympic Selection Committe.
Murphy was inducted into the internal Scholar Athlete Hall of Fame in 2004, for her accomplishments both as a coach at Brown and as a student-athlete at Cornell University, where the women’s hockey team’s MVP award is named after her. In 2001, members of the media awarded Murphy the New England Hockey Writers’ Coach of the Year award, and in 1997 Murphy’s fellow coaches and the media honored her with both the ECAC/KOHO and the New England Hockey Writers’ Coach of the Year awards.
Besides coaching, Murphy used her charismatic personality to great effect in covering women’s hockey for the media in various capactities, including as color analysit for Turner Broadcasting coverage of the Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan, in 1998. She was also a color analyst at the 2004 Women’s Ice Hockey World Championships for the CSTV and the 2000 Women’s Ice Hockey World Championships for Oxygen Media. During the 1997-98 season, Lifetime Television contrated her as color analyst for the first-ever women’s hockey broadcast of the Four Nations Cup game between the US and Canada.
Murphy is the primary source for the start of the Rhode Island Girls’ High School Hockey, which was the first girls’ developmental hockey league that mentored palyers and developed new and inexperienced coaches.
A 1983 graudate of Cornell, Murphy was a four-year letter winner for the Big Red women’s ice hockey team. She captained the team as a junior and senior, and earned All-Ivy honors in each of her four seasons. In 1981, she earned the crowning achievement of her playing career when she was named the Ivy League Player of the Year. As one of the all-time leading scorers at Cornell, Murphy had a total of 123 goals and 90 assists for 213 points. She was inducted into the Cornell Athletic Hall of Fame in 1994. Prior to Cornell, Murphy played hockey locally for the Cranston Panthers of the South Shore Women’s Hockey League.
Upon graduating from Conrell with a degree in Business Econocmics, Murphy worked for Data General Corporation as a production manager. In 1998, she decided to leave the business world and devote herself to full-time coachiing. Before assuming the head-coaching job at Brown, she assisted under Steven Shea at Brown.
See Coach Digit Murphy interview: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=ZcbmSE62Tag
The girls first hockey clinic will take place during the week of August 4th through August 8th starting at 3:00 PM and ending at 7:00 PM each day. Registration form will posted shortly.
What events are happening at your ice arena?
- Public Skating is every Tuesday & Thursday @ 12:00 PM till 2:00 PM , then again on Saturday & Sunday @ 3:30 PM till 4:50 PM.
- Power Skating is every Saturday starting @ 2:30 PM.
- Girls Hockey (the Ospreys) skate Tuesdays and Thursdays @ 7:00 PM…ages 9 - 14 are welcomed!
- Open Stick-handling takes place each Tuesday @ 4:00 PM until the end of November. Bring your helmet, stick and a puck.
- The Pro Shop (Sports Haven) hours are posted on the home page of the Martha’s Vineyard Arena each week.