Terry Murray Will Return To The Phantoms as Assistant Coach
December 27, 2018
Lehigh Valley, Pa – The Lehigh Valley Phantoms have announced today that Kerry Huffman has been named Interim Head Coach for the remainder of the 2018-19 season. In addition, Terry Murray has been named an Assistant Coach for the remainder of the 2018-19 season.
“Kerry Huffman has the full support of the entire staff and everybody in the locker room.” said Phantoms Owner, Jim Brooks, “and Terry is a great guy and was our first coach here in Lehigh Valley. He brings a ton of experience and we feel this is an awesome opportunity for Kerry and to have Terry Murray back with us to help out and provide his coaching knowledge will be great for us.”
Huffman took over as the Phantoms Head Coach on December 17, 2018 when Scott Gordon was named the Interim Head Coach of the Philadelphia Flyers. The Phantoms have gone 3-0-0-1 under Huffman so far this season with his fist win coming in his head coaching debut in a 5-0 victory over the Belleville Senators on December 19. Huffman is in his third season as a coach with Lehigh Valley and previously served as an Assistant Coach with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights of the NAHL.
Huffman, 50, produced 37 goals, 108 assists, 145 points and 361 penalty minutes across 401 career NHL games during time with the Philadelphia Flyers, Quebec Nordiques and Ottawa Senators. A first-round selection (#20 overall) by Philadelphia in the 1986 NHL Entry Draft, he tallied 23 goals, 61 assists, 84 points and 124 penalty minutes in 207 career games with the Flyers.
Terry Murray returns to the Phantoms organization after serving as an Assistant Coach with the Buffalo Sabres. Prior to that, Murray was the Head Coach of the Adirondack and Lehigh Valley Phantoms for three seasons from 2012-2015. Murray served as the Phantoms honorary captain when the 2017 AHL All-Star game was held at PPL Center.
Murray, 68, has over 30 years of professional coaching experience including serving as the Head Coach of the Washington Capitals from 1989-1993, the Philadelphia Flyers from 1994-1996, the Florida Panthers from 1998-2001, and the Los Angeles Kings from 2009-2011. Murray has also served as an assistant coach for the Washington Capitals from 1983-1988, the Philadelphia Flyers from 2003-2008 and the Buffalo Sabres from 2015-17.
A native of Shawville, Quebec, Murray played 302 career NHL games, spending time with the California Golden Seals, Philadelphia Flyers, Detroit Red Wings, and Washington Capitals. Murray also won the Eddie Shore Award two consecutive years as the AHL’s best defenseman in 1977-78 and 1978-79.
The Phantoms will celebrate their 5th year anniversary in Lehigh Valley with two weekend games at PPL Center on Friday against the Providence Bruins and Saturday against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. The team will wear their specialty 5th year logo jerseys and pay tribute to the first five years at PPL Center. You can purchase a special 5th year celebration weekend family package online HERE.
Season tickets offering a wide range of benefits as well as 20-Game and 12-Game plans are available by calling the Phantoms at 610-224-GOAL (4625).
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