August 24, 2005

Sr. | F | North Andover, Mass.

Murphy's confidence blossomed under first-year coach Ted Donato.
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Key Statistics: Murphy recorded five goals and nine assists in his junior season – modest numbers for many college forwards – but for Murphy it was a breakthrough year. He had just eight points in his first two years combined.

What He Does: He spent most of the last 10 games playing the left wing on a line with Charlie Johnson and Jon Pelle, and also spent time on the power play. All of those players return this season and if that line combo remains intact, it will be expected to produce bigger numbers.

The Bigger Picture: Murphy is one of five seniors on the Harvard roster that will be looked upon to fill the void left by a stellar senior class. All-Americans Dov Grumet-Morris and Noah Welch are gone, as well as elite players like Tom Cavanagh, Brendan Bernakevitch, and Ryan Lannon. Not only will Murphy be expected to take up an increased leadership role, but another jump in his scoring contribution will certainly boost Harvard's chances for another trip to Albany.

Dan Murphy on following in the footsteps of last year's seniors: “We definitely learned a lot from playing with them the last three years. They knew how to mix hard work with also keeping things fun."

— Joe Gladziszewski

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