Portage Terriers’ Owen Murray is one of five players to be nominated for the CJHL’s Top Rookie Award. The winner will be announced at the national junior A championship.
Murray, who hails from Decker, MB, broke into the MJHL at just 15 years old is testament he was Junior A ready. Currently, Murray and his teammates are preparing for the national Junior A championship tournament later this month in Brooks, AB. Terriers advanced to the national championship thanks to a 4-1 series win over Battleford North Stars in the ANAVET Cup showdown.
A highly-skilled defenceman, Murray plays and sees the game at a high speed, He jumped right into the high-pace of game played by the Terriers. Murray, who turned 16 in December, was a regular on the power play and showed off his offensive skills, reflected in a
team-high 16 power play assists. He also chipped in with three game-winning goals.
His outstanding play didn’t go unnoticed, as he was named the IBAM Rookie of the Month in October. He was also one of five
MJHL players invited to the selection camp for Team Canada West which competed in the World Junior A Challenge in Alberta in December.
He finished the regular season with a highly respectable 41 points (9-32) in 55 games.