Former Red Wings No. 1 overall pick Joe Murphy is apparently homeless now, according to a TSN documentary called “Finding Murph” that will air Wednesday.
The network published a trailer of the feature Monday, which revealed Murphy has been living in Kenora, Ontario, and has been walking the streets alone.
Joe Murphy was a 1st overall NHL Draft pick, a Stanley Cup champ, but is now living homeless. What can be done to help? ‘Finding Murph’ airs Wednesday on @Sportscentre . pic.twitter.com/Haw5Iu487M
— TSN (@TSN_Sports) August 20, 2018
The trailer shows a big contrast to what Murphy’s life once was. He was drafted out of Michigan State, where he helped the team win a national title in 1986 and went on to win the 1990 Stanley Cup with the Oilers.
He saw much success over the span of his 15-year NHL career before retiring in 2001 with the Capitals at the age of 33. Murphy spent time with seven different teams, where he scored 233 goals (528 points) in his career and twice led his teams in scoring.
Murphy also was part of a group of former players who filed a concussion lawsuit against the NHL, according to TSN , but a judge denied the players’ motion to proceed as a class action earlier this year.
“Mr. Murphy suffered multiple head traumas during his NHL career that were improperly diagnosed and treated by the NHL,” the lawsuit filed in October 2014 argued, according to USA Today . “Mr. Murphy never was warned by the NHL of the negative health effects of head trauma.”