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Published: Tuesday, April 5, 2011, 2:48 p.m.

Ryan Murray named captain for 2011-12

Busy day ...

The season has been over for less than a week, and the Tips are already forging ahead, announcing that defenseman Ryan Murray will be the team's captain for the 2011-12 season.

Murray, who will be in his 18-year-old campaign, served as an alternate captain this season. He also was the stand-in captain when Landon Ferraro was out injured, becoming the youngest captain in franchise history in the process. He had six goals, 40 assists and was a team-best plus-18 in 70 games this season.

Murray is both a good and obvious choice. He's Everett's top player and he always puts forth his best effort. There was some conjecture as to whether he would be named captain at the beginning of this season, despite the fact he was still just 16 when the season began. That would have been a heavy burden placed on someone so young, but in retrospect he probably would have handled it just fine.

The more interesting thing about the announcement to me is its timing. Everett has almost always announced its captain right before the beginning of the season. The one exception was in 2009, when there was never any formal announcement because Zack Dailey was the holdover captain from the previous season. Making this announcement just after a season ended is unprecedented. I think it's a clear signal the Tips are trying to turn the page on 2010-11 as quickly as possible.

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