Victory on ice
Murphy is hockey’s all-time winning coachWith an exciting 4-3 victory over Amherst College on February 11, the Tufts ice hockey team gave Coach Brian Murphy the 74th victory of his career with the Jumbos, making him the program’s all-time winning head coach.
Junior Co-captain Ken Cleary scored with 1 minute, 12 seconds left in the third period to lift the Jumbos over the Lord Jeffs. The team defeated Hamilton College, 4-2, on February 12 to improve Murphy’s overall record to 75-79-9 since he was hired as the program’s first full-time head coach in 1998. After dropping a game 2-5 at Trinity, Murphy ended the regular season with his 76th win against Wesleyan (5-3) on February 19.
Murphy, A95, G98, passed Ben Sands, E54, on the Tufts coaching victory list. Sands, who coached the Jumbos from 1986-91 and in 1993-94, compiled a 73-63-4 record in his six seasons as head coach. Sands played hockey at Tufts in the 1950s before the program was eliminated in 1960. He was instrumental in bringing hockey back as a varsity sport in 1986.
Sands recruited Murphy to play defense at Tufts. Murphy was the captain of the 1994-95 Tufts team that tied a program record with 11 straight victories. Murphy then volunteered as an assistant coach under Steve Hoar for 1995-96. He continued as the graduate assistant coach for the next two seasons until he was promoted. He earned his first win against Suffolk, 10-4, on November 21, 1998.