2013/14 will be Stephen Murphy’s fifth season between the pipes for the Giants. The Dundee-born netminder began his career playing for the Paisley Pirates in Glasgow at the age of 16 before joining the Fife Flyers in 1998/1999. In 2000/2001 Murphy travelled to the United States to play for the Omaha Lancers and the Cleveland Baronsand in 2001 returned to the UK to lift the BNL Championship with Dundee. The following year Murphy played in Bracknell before moving to Sweden for 2 seasons. In 2006/2007 he returned to Scotland and played with the Edinburgh Capitals then spent a year in the Norwegian Elite League with Stjernen.
In 2008/2009 Murphy signed with the Manchester Phoenix before finally arriving in Belfast for the 2010/2011 season when he won EIHL British Player of the Year and was announced as the Giants MVP. Murphy has represented Great Britain on the international stage for the past 13 years and was an integral part of the team’s Bronze-winning success in the 2009 World Championships. In the 2011/12 season Murphy became the first British starting netminder to win the Elite League League Championship.
“Murphy is the top British goaltender. He is extremely athletic and is constantly improving. He is coming off the best year of his career. He is one of the major reasons the Giants won the play-off final. With Murphy in net, we will have a chance to win every night.”