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Underappreciated Murphy a model of consistency

Updated: November 5, 2004, 12:12 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | Special to ESPN.com

When Larry Murphy was five years old, his father discovered there was an opening in the hockey program at the local outdoor rink and enrolled is youngest boy. The other kids were all a year older, and Larry had never played hockey.

"I'd never even skated," Murphy recalled.

His first coach put Murphy on defense and told him that he shouldn't go past his own blue line in case the play reversed and Murphy wasn't able to get back into his own zone.

Murphy's father, who passed away ...

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