CONDORSTOWN, Calif. – The Bakersfield Condors, ECHL affiliate of the Edmonton Oilers, announced today that they added Ryan Murphy to the hockey operations staff as an assistant coach for the 2013-14 season. Murphy will work alongside Condors Head Coach Troy Mann and General Manager John Olver. In addition, the team has hired Rusty Aldridge as the team’s equipment manager.
“Troy and I always kept in touch after I played for him and when the opportunity came, I jumped at the chance to join his staff,” Murphy said. “I can relate to the players in terms of how to get to the next level from drawing on my experiences professionally. Troy and I both see the game the same way with a hard-nosed, in your face style and I’m excited.”
Murphy, 30, enters his first season in the coaching ranks,having played four-plus seasons professionally in the American Hockey League (AHL) and ECHL. The Rumson, New Jersey native played 138 games in the AHL from 2005-2009 with Manchester, Hartford, and Peoria and 93 games in the ECHL with Charlotte. While in Charlotte, he played under Mann, who served as an associate coach. In 231 pro games, Murphy scored 22 goals and added 54 assists for 86 points. Serving as an alternate captain for the 2006-07 Monarchs, he was named the team’s recipient of the “Unsung Player Award.”
The former right-winger played four seasons of college hockey at Boston College from 2001-2005, serving as an alternate captain his senior campaign. He played 156 games for the Eagles with 25 goals, 34 assists, and 59 points. In 2005, Murphy received the Coaches Award given to the player who best personifies hard work, leadership, and selflessness.
He was drafted in the 6th round (#185) of the 2002 National Hockey League (NHL) Entry Draft by the Los Angeles Kings.
“Murph is a really smart guy who I loved as a player,” said Mann. “He was a really high energy guy with a tremendous work ethic who I wanted on my staff when he expressed interest this spring. He will break down a lot of our video and work with our penalty kill which was one of his assets as a player.”
Also joining the staff is new equipment manager Rusty Aldridge. Anative of Cleburne, Texas, Aldridge has spent 17+ seasons working in the professional ranks including stints in the ECHL, Central Hockey League (CHL), Western Professional Hockey League (WPHL), and in the NCAA with the University of Alaska-Fairbanks. Most recently, Aldridge was with the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees of the CHL and before that was with the ECHL’s Florida Everblades.
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