PROVIDENCE, RI -- Nate Leaman has pegged former Friar Kyle Murphy to be the new Director of Hockey Operations at Providence College, according to Mark Divver of the Providence Journal. Murphy, a native of Fairhaven, NJ, graduated from PC in 2013 with a degree in finance.
Murphy, who played prep school hockey at Shattuck St. Mary's, started his collegiate career at Notre Dame before transferring to Providence. As a senior, he was captain of the Friars and was named the Derek Hines Unsung Hero Award, a national recognition in honor of the former Army hockey player who was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2005.
Murphy was an outstanding defensive forward and totaled three goals and eight assists as a senior. He's the third new addition to Leaman's staff this summer, joining new associate head coach Steve Miller and new assistant Kristopher Mayotte.
Miller, a former Denver assistant, replaced Jamie Russell, who left to take the head coaching gig with the Elmira Jackals in the ECHL. Mayotte, filling the void left by Ben Barr who left to take a job at Western Michigan, comes to PC from St. Lawrence where he held the same position.
Providence is expected to be one of the top teams in the nation for the 2014-15 season led by junior goaltender Jon Gillies and an ever-improving nucleus of young talent brought in by Leaman who is entering his fourth season behind the Friars' bench.
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