Because the NHL and NHLPA teamed up to add $6 million each year to the fund for players like Murphy, he will receive just under $33,000 this year.
“Sure, the money Ron will get isn’t an incredible amount, but it could be the difference between being able to live in an assisted living facility or getting nothing,” said Conway.
Conway said others share credit for the good news about the league and its current players taking a bigger role in caring for players who helped make the league what it is today.
“It takes a lot of people, a lot of people that care,” said Conway. “There are currently players, like (Pittsburgh’s) Sidney Crosby, who voiced their opinions. There are former players like Bobby Orr, Brad Park, Billy Guerin and Mike Gartner who made their voices heard. I’m just proud to have played a small part. ...
“Sue Foster, the longtime companion of Maple Leafs defenseman and three-time Stanley Cup winner Carl Brewer, was also extremely helpful putting together the senior player pension plan.”
As for the honor tomorrow night in Toronto, Conway is humbled.
“I really appreciate it, but it’s not about me,” he said. “This is about a lot of people care about people and care about the game.”
Conway in two Halls of Fame Did you know that Russ Conway, who was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1999 with Wayne Gretzky, was inducted into the New England Racing Hall olf Fame in 2006? "I am as proud of that as I am the Hockey Hall of Fame," said Conway. "There are so many nice people in that sport as well, a sport I always loved, even before hockey."