On his way to becoming the eighth person in NHL history to officiate 2,000 regular-season games, Brian Murphy also worked nine Stanley Cup Finals — including two Game 7s — one Olympics and one All-Star Game.
But when asked if there was one game that sticks out in his memory after becoming the second American official to reach the 2,000-game, there was no hesitation. It happened about 16 or 17 years ago, and it didn’t happen on an NHL rink.
Murphy’s daughter Casey, all of 8 or 9 years old at the time, was getting ready for a house league game in the family hometown of Dover, New Hampshire, when then officials didn’t show up. Being the guy he is, Murphy stepped in and called the game.
And he didn’t recall having to blow the whistle on his daughter.
“She was a clean player,” Murphy said.
Much of his career has taken place on a much larger scale.