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Man of the Year runnerup: Ryan Murray

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By Rich Myhre
The Herald
  • Ryan Murray

    Jennifer Buchanan / The Herald

    Ryan Murray

It would be difficult to overstate Ryan Murray's importance to the Everett Silvertips the past few seasons.
It would be equally hard to overstate his promising hockey future.
A savvy player with exceptional skating skills and a knack for advancing the puck quickly up the ice, the 18-year-old defenseman spent the last few seasons establishing himself as one of the top blue-line players in Silvertips history.
Hockey scouts have indeed noticed, and Murray's talent and potential are expected to make him a high pick in the National Hockey League entry draft next month.
Murray, an assistant captain in 2010-11 and captain in 2011-12, is coming off two outstanding seasons in Everett. In 2010-11 he played in 70 games for the Silvertips, and had six goals with 40 assists. In 2011-12, and despite being hampered by an early-season ankle injury, he had nine goals and 22 assists in 46 games.
The native of White City, Saskatchewan, represented Canada at the 2011 World Under-18 Championships in Germany.
He was also added to the Canadian roster for the recent World Championships in Finland and Sweden.
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