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.
2013-14: Murphy skated in 19 games for NCAA Frozen Four semifinalist North Dakota in his freshman season. Seeing lower line duty with the Fighting Sioux for most of the season, he had three assists and was minus-4 with 8 penalty minutes. North Dakota finished second to St. Cloud State in the newly-formed National Collegiate Hockey Conference and lost to Miami, 3-0, in the NCHA semifinals; earning an at-large bid to the NCAA Midwest Regional after defeating Western Michigan in the league’s third-place game. The Fighting Sioux defeated Wisconsin and Ferris State to win the regional; falling to Minnesota 2-1 in the Frozen Four semifinal on a goal in the game’s final second. Murphy did not appear in any playoff games for North Dakota.
2014-15: Murphy skated in 16 of 42 games for North Dakota in his sophomore season. He had 1 assist with an even plus/minus and 6 penalty minutes. The Fighting Sioux finished first in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference regular season, falling 3-1 to St. Cloud State in the NCHC semifinals and 5-1 to Denver in the third-place game. North Dakota received an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament, defeating Quinnipiac and St. Cloud State by identical 4-1 scores to capture the NCAA West Regional. The Sioux lost to Boston University, 5-3, in the Frozen Four semifinals. In July 2015 Murphy announced that he was transferring to Arizona State.
Murphy plays a high-tempo style of hockey, utilizing good speed, grit, and tenacity. He has some crafty offensive skills and an above average shooting ability. He is a bit undersized by NHL standards but works his speed well to get pucks in deep and get on the forecheck.
Murphy will join the first-year Arizona State University as it makes the transition from club hockey to NCAA Division I status in 2015-16. As per NCAA transfer rules, he will have to sit out the upcoming season but will have two years of eligibility left. The British Columbia native's inability to have an impact role at North Dakota is disconcerting in terms of his pro potential but a fresh start in a fledgling program is an opportunity to get his career back on track. Murphy's NHL prospects at this point appear limited.