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Portage Deals Defenceman Murray to Penticton of BCHL

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Portage Deals Defenceman Murray to Penticton of BCHL

On Thursday, the Manitoba Junior Hockey League’s Portage Terriers announced that the club had dealt defenceman Owen Murray to the British Columbia Hockey League’s Penticton Vees in exchange for future considerations. The 17-year-old Decker, MB. product will head to BC for the upcoming 2020-21 season before fulfilling his commitment to the University of Massachusetts Minutemen in 2021-22.

Listed at just 5-foot-10 and 185 pounds, the 2021 NHL Draft-eligible prospect prospered on the blueline for Blake Spiller’s Terriers over the past two seasons. Putting up a combined 13 goals and 67 points in 85 total games as a 16 and 17-year-old, the 2018-19 Canadian Junior Hockey League’s 2018-19 Rookie of the Year finalist also suited up in the MJHL/SJHL Showcase.

“Coming to us as a 16-year-old, Owen proved he could play at a high level being awarded Rookie of Year honors in 2018-19,” Blake Spiller said in a team-issued press release. “Paired with Caelan McPhee they played a lot of key minutes and were key contributors in our 2018-19 Anavet Cup Championship Season.”

The former AAA Yellowhead Chiefs star dressed 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.

Murray put up nine goals and 32 assists for 41 points in 55 games with the Terriers in 2018-19, before adding two goals and seven points in 15 postseason contests en route to winning the MJHL championship and Anavet Cup, before playing in the RBC Cup. 2019-20 saw the offensive, puck-moving blueliner dress in significantly less games for Portage, as injury and his commitments to Hockey Canada took him away from his junior squad. He collected four goals and 26 points in 30 games played this past season.

In late February, Murray signed his official letter of intent to play with the Division I University of Massachusetts Minutemen for the 2021-22 NCAA hockey season. He is also protected by the Western Hockey League’s Winnipeg ICE, and the United States Hockey League’s Green Bay Ramblers after being drafted by the Tri-City Storm.

Carter Brooks - Associate Editor of Game On Magazine - is a news writer and sports columnist situated in Winnipeg, MB. On top of reading and writing, his favourite pastimes include camping, car-modification projects and coaching hockey. Carter can be reached at carterbrooks1994@gmail.com.

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