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

An ugly ending as Seahawks lose to Jaguars, 30-24

The Jacksonville Jaguars intercepted Russell Wilson three times.

Grading the Seahawks’ 30-24 loss to the Jaguars

Seattle’s defensive unit earns one of its lowest marks of the season

Seahawks gives Jaguars a scare in the fourth quarter

Down 27-10, Seattle rallies with a pair of long touchdown passes

Silvertips run their winning streak to nine straight

Bryce Kindopp scores the winning goal with 18 remaining in a 4-3 victory over Tri-City

Williams leads No. 12 Gonzaga to 97-70 rout of Washington

The contest was the first game in Seattle between the in-state foes since 2005

Seahawks Notebook: Eddie Lacy inactive for game with Jaguars

The decision not to use the veteran running back saved the Seahawks $62,500

Washington State dismisses top receiver Tavares Martin Jr.

He lead the Cougars with 70 catches and nine touchdowns in the regular season

No repeat: Sounders fall to Toronto FC 2-0 in MLS Cup final

Seattle again struggles to produce quality shots against Toronto’s stout defense.

Patterson: Will the Silvertips trade star goalie Hart?

The team says not likely, but it’s not unheard of for WHL teams to deal star players in their final seasons.

Most Read