This past week, Decker, MB. product Owen Murray signed his official letter of intent to play with the Division I University of Massachusetts Minutemen for the 2021-22 NCAA hockey season. The 17-year-old defenceman is currently in his Grade 12 year with the Manitoba Junior Hockey League’s Portage Terriers.
The offensive, puck-moving blueliner has put together another impressive campaign for the league’s second-place team, despite battling an injury setback. Although missing all of December and parts of both January and February due to injury and his involvement with Hockey Canada, Murray continues to be a mainstay on the Terriers’ back-end.
The reigning MJHL Rookie of the Year from 2018-19 has put up four goals and 25 points in just 28 games for Portage this season, following last year’s breakout campaign in which the then-rookie put nine goals and 41 points in 55 games. Currently operating at a 0.89 point-per-game pace this season, Murray’s contribution offensively has been even greater than his 0.75 point-per-game rate through 55 games in 2018-19.
The former AAA Yellowhead Chiefs star also suited up for Team Canada West at the 2019 World Junior A Challenge in mid-December, where he played four games against Russia, USA and Czech Republic in British Columbia, representing his country for the first time on the international stage.
The well-known defender has also been listed by the WHL’s Winnipeg ICE and drafted by the USHL’s Tri-City Storm. He will look to finish off the 2019-20 season strong, as the MJHL playoffs are set to begin the first week of March. Murray and the Terriers won the MJHL playoffs last season, before beating the Battlefords North Stars four-games-to-one in the MJHL/SJHL best-of-seven regional championship.