Season officially over for Silvertips’ Murray

The Everett Silvertips were resigned to the likelihood of losing captain Ryan Murray for the remainder of the Western Hockey League season.

On Tuesday, the Columbus Blue Jackets made it official.

Murray’s NHL team announced Tuesday that the 19-year-old defenseman will undergo surgery to repair the torn labrum in his shoulder. Murray, who traveled to Columbus on Sunday for further evaluation, will undergo the surgery in the next two to three weeks. The recovery time is expected to be six months, which ends both his Silvertips and WHL careers.

“It’s been really disappointing,” Murray told BlueJackets.com, Columbus’ official website. “It’s not the kind of news you want to hear, and it’s going to be a long recovery time. But this surgery pretty much has to be done.

“But you gotta do what you gotta do, and I’m just going to rehab it, do the best job I can in the process and get it back to 100 percent as quickly as possible.”

Murray suffered the injury Nov. 16 in Victoria, when he fell awkwardly on the ice after delivering a hit. Murray’s shoulder was dislocated on the play. An MRI performed in Everett revealed the labrum tear.

Murray is one of the greatest players in Silvertips history. Selected ninth overall in the 2008 bantam draft, he spent three-plus seasons with the Tips, becoming the youngest captain in the franchise’s 10-season history and twice being named the team’s Most Valuable Player. In June he was taken second overall in the NHL draft by the Blue Jackets. He also became one of the youngest players ever to represent Canada at the senior level when he played at the men’s World Championships in May at the age of 18.

Murray finished his Everett career with 22 goals and 99 assists in 191 regular-season games, along with six goals and 10 assists in 20 playoff games.

Check out Nick Patterson’s Silvertips blog at http://www.heraldnet.com/silvertipsblog, and follow him on Twitter at NickHPatterson.

More in Sports

Lake Stevens sweeps Glacier Peak in 4A volleyball showdown

The Vikings earn a 25-22, 25-22, 25-22 win over the Grizzlies in an early battle of league leaders.

How to solve Seahawks’ O-line woes? Ask Cliff Avril

Center Justin Britt says the defensive end was invaluable in helping him learn as a rookie.

Mariners lose to Rangers 8-6 for 5th straight loss

Rougned Odors grand slam caps a seven-run fourth inning for Texas.

MLB commish says Seattle in mix for another All-Star Game

Rob Manfred touched on several topics in a news conference Wednesday at Safeco Field.

Special pheasant hunts on tap for youth, seniors

The Ebey Slough Game Unit is one of the areas that will be planted with birds for the two hunts.

Wayne Kruse’s Pick of the Week: Fish/Hunt Fest

By Wayne Kruse For The Herald Saturday’s local celebration of Hunting and… Continue reading

Once dismissed from UW, Lewis finds home with Colorado

Buffaloes LB Drew Lewis spent one redshirt season at UW before being dismissed from the program.

Wednesday’s prep results and links

Wednesday’s prep results and links: BOYS TENNIS Wesco 4A Jackson 7, Mariner… Continue reading

WHL’s U.S. Division loaded with good teams, talent

The Silvertips will have stiff competition in their quest for a 15th straight playoff berth.

Most Read