2009-10: Wade Murphy made his debut in the BCHL as a 16-year-old, appearing in six games with the Victoria Grizzlies, and was one of the top rookies for the Saanich Braves in the junior B Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League. He scored 3 goals with 1 assist and had 2 penalty minutes for the Grizzlies.
2010-11: Murphy played in 56 of 60 games for Victoria in his first full BCHL season. Three of his seven goals for the Grizzlies were game-winners and he also had 9 assists with 30 penalty minutes. Victoria finished fourth in the Coastal Conference and reached the conference semifinals in the playoffs. Murphy scored 2 goals with 1 assist and had 6 penalty minutes in eight playoff games.
2011-12: Murphy began the year with Victoria before being obtained by eventual BCHL champion Penticton in a trade deadline deal. In October he committed to playing college hockey at Merrimack in 2013-14. Murphy was the BCHL’s fourth-leading scorer at the time of the trade, scoring 22 goals with 40 assists and 58 penalty minutes in 38 games with the Grizzlies. He scored 14 goals with 15 assists in 22 regular season games with Penticton. The Vees finished first in the Interior Division. In 15 playoff games Murphy scored 5 goals with 6 assists and had 12 penalty minutes. He was selected by Green Bay in the third round (40th overall) of the 2012 USHL Entry Draft. Murphy was ranked 142nd amongst North American skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings but was not selected in the 2012 NHL Draft.
2012-13: Murphy de-committed from Merrimack over the summer and in September announced he would attend the University of North Dakota in 2013-14. He had 71 points in 50 games for Penticton, tying Chilliwack’s Luke Esposito for third most in the BCHL. He scored 23 goals with a team-high 48 assists and had 50 penalty minutes. Penticton finished first in the Interior Division and reached the playoff finals — falling to Mainland Division champion Surrey. Murphy scored 5 goals with 6 assists and 12 penalty minutes in 15 playoff games. He also skated for Canada West in the 2012 U19 World Junior A Challenge and scored 3 goals with 3 assists and 10 penalty minutes in four games. Not listed among the 210 North American skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings, Murphy was selected by Nashville in the seventh round (185th overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft.
Murphy plays a high-tempo style of hockey, utilizing good speed, grit, and tenacity. He also has some crafty offensive skills and an above average shooting ability. His size at 5’10 is a bit undersized by NHL standards, but he works his speed well to get pucks in deep and get on the forecheck. He has a game that is made for college hockey, and his commitment to University of North Dakota should serve him well in his development
After a stellar BCHL career, Murphy will begin in the fall with the University of North Dakota. The Predators can sit on Murphy for the next three to four years and allow him to mature and develop.