No matter how hard you try to stay away, you always find a way back home.

Union College goaltender Connor Murphy is no exception to that rule. Hailing from Hudson Falls, just a few minutes away from the Adirondack Thunder's Cool Insuring Arena, Murphy began his college hockey career with two seasons in Hockey East with Northeastern. Murphy entered the transfer portal this past offseason, and found his way back home with the Union College Dutchmen.

Murphy has a long history of success with Capital Region hockey teams, and now, he's trying to bring a trophy back to Messa Rink in Schenectady.

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Murphy Grew Up Dominating the Net in the Capital Region

Things really began to develop for Murphy as a member of the CP Dynamo organization, who play out of Clifton Park. As a member of the organization's 16U team, he put up a 1.56 goals against average and a .929 save percentage. He spent two seasons with the 18U team after that, and was once again a star in his second season, with a .937 save percentage.

Image courtesy of Union Athletic Communications.
Image courtesy of Union Athletic Communications.

Murphy Took His Show on the Road After the Capital Region

Following a successful stint in Clifton Park, Murphy began making stops in some of the best junior college hockey leagues in the nation, preparing himself for a possible college hockey career.

Murphy spent time with the Springfield Jr. Pics in the USPHL Premier League, visited Topeka in the NAHL, spent sometime with the NCDC's Jersey Hitmen, and finished his junior career in the CCHL (in Canada) with the Carleton Place Canadians. In that last season, he played 47 games, and had

Image courtesy of Union College Athletic Communications.
Image courtesy of Union College Athletic Communications.

Murphy Made His Debut in College Hockey

After two subpar performances in his first year with the Northeastern Huskies, Murphy was given an increased role with the team in his sophomore season. He played in 21 games for the perennial national favorite, he went 9-9-3 with a 2.72 goals against average and a .910 save percentage.

With the transfer portal firing on all cylinders, Murphy took advantage of the opportunity, and returned to the Capital Region as a member of the Union College Dutchmen. Murphy has acted as the anchor of a team that is young and promising, and will continue to help head coach Rick Bennett and company get back to the Big Dance.

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