UW men's hockey: As expected, Murray turns pro, forfeiting final year with Badgers

2011-05-05T04:00:00Z 2011-05-05T05:47:55Z UW men's hockey: As expected, Murray turns pro, forfeiting final year with BadgersMadison.com sports madison.com
May 05, 2011 4:00 am  • 

As expected, Jordy Murray has opted to turn pro and forgo his senior season with the University of Wisconsin men's hockey team.

The forward, a three-year letterwinner who posted career highs with 18 goals and 26 points as a junior this past season, has signed a contract with the Rapperswil-Jona Lakers of the Swiss National League A.

In doing so, he follows the family career path. Murray's brother, Brady, and sister, Sarah, both are playing hockey in Switzerland.

As Andy Baggot of Madison.com/sports reported last week, Murray's hand was forced because rules regarding his eligibility to play in the Swiss league were likely to change soon.

Had he passed up the opportunity, Murray would essentially have forfeited access to a coveted roster spot and the six-figure salary that goes with it.

"My three years here with the team and coach Eaves have been great," Murray said in a statement released by UW.

"I've really developed as a player and a person and it think it made me ready to take this next step in turning pro. I'd like to come back, but it is a great opportunity."

Murray led the Badgers with 12 power-play goals this past season, which tied for second in the nation and first in the WCHA. He also collected a hat trick (against Alabama Huntsville on Oct. 17), posted a pair of game-winning goals, a game-tying goal and two game-opening goals.

For his career, Murray finishes with 38 goals and 60 points in 119 games played. He also scored 15 power-play tallies, six game-winning goals and five game-winning goals.

Murray is the second underclassman to leave the Badgers this season — UW junior defenseman Jake Gardiner signed a NHL contract with Toronto in March — and the 13th underclassman to leave Madison since UW coach Mike Eaves took over in 2002.

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