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Bears add Murphy to coaching staff

The Hershey Bears announced Thursday that Ryan Murphy has been named to the position of assistant coach/video of the hockey club.

The 31-year-old Murphy stays with Bears head coach Troy Mann after serving as his assistant with the ECHL’s Bakersfield Condors last season. Under Murphy’s guidance, the Condors finished fourth in the ECHL in penalty killing success (85.9 percent), while the defensive corps ranked eighth overall in goals-against per game average (2.81). Murphy was instrumental in taking Bakersfield through their longest playoff run in team history, a six-game Western Conference Finals battle against eventual league champion Alaska.

The 2013-14 season was Murphy’s first as a professional coach. The native of Rumson, N.J., played five seasons of pro hockey, including 138 games in the American Hockey League with Manchester, Hartford and Peoria. Prior to turning pro, Murphy played four years at Boston College, and was drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in 2002.